White Women Wore Hoodies to a Tennessee Mall to Prove its Hoodie Policy Only Targets Black People

Four white women went to a Tennessee shopping mall wearing hoodies to test a hunch about racism — and they were disappointed to be proven right.

A former journalist was arrested for recording video last week that shows police escorting four black men outside Wolfchase Galleria for wearing hooded sweatshirts, reported WHBQ-TV.

Kevin McKenzie, a black former reporter for The Commercial Appeal, started recording the incident after watching a white security guard tailing the group of young men like “he was a cat after mice.”

“For reasons I didn’t hear, one young man in what appeared to be a nylon blue and white jacket with a hood that was not on his head was handcuffed by a Memphis officer and led away as my video rolled,” McKenzie said. “That’s when a black sheriff’s deputy approached me and told me I also was breaking the mall’s rules.”

McKenzie, who was issued a misdemeanor citation, told police the mall’s policy was discriminatory, but the Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group that owns the shopping center said the policy was intended to ensure public safety so employees and security cameras can see the faces of anyone at the property.

But several white women decided to test the policy — and found they could walk around the mall wearing hoodies, even with their hoods pulled over their heads.

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