Hoodie Day shows up mentality of some
Ku Klux Klan outfit stuns councillors
A Kapiti politician took National Hoodie Day to the extreme by donning a Ku Klux Klan costume at a council meeting, in a move that stunned district councillors and the public. Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board deputy chairman Dale Evans walked into the Kapiti District Council's monthly meeting during public speaking time, dressed in the white outfit with a sign around his neck that said "its wotz under da hood dat counts" - mimicking the slogan used in a current national hoodie campaign. He wore the costume as a publicity stunt to draw attention to problems with Kapiti bore water. But after the meeting, deputy mayor Ann Chapman said it was appalling to use a serious episode of racism in American history as an analogy to the hoodie campaign. "It was outrageous - a poorly chosen disguise and disrespectful to what some American black people went through in the deep south," Mrs Chapman said. John Haxton, Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board chairman, said Mr Evans should have brought the water issue up at a community board meeting, rather than resorting to dressing up. Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan agreed. However, Mr Evans "was exercising his democratic right".
This guy felt so mortified by Hoodie Day he dons a Ku Klux Klan costume? He is so frightened by young people in Hoodies he responds to them with this??? It’s interesting that it was young people themselves who initiated this concept to challenge their perceived stereotyping of young people, this councilors response is the exact mindset they claimed existed in its most ugly.