I am not fashion conscious. I can honestly say that I've never spent a cent on Vogue, Allure, Cosmopolitan, or any fashion magazine, for that matter. If you ask me the brand name of the blouse or slacks I'm wearing, I would have no idea.
They were all trying to get home -- Oscar Grant in Oakland, Trayvon Martin in Florida, or the woman who was raped in a bus in New Delhi. They didn't want to spark off great protests. They didn't want to become symbols, placards or posters.
Wearing a hoodie with our heads bowed, or even staring defiantly into the camera lens, is not empowering in any substantive way. If the problem was how we dressed, as a people we'd be in a much different situation than we are in today.
To my people in the music community, how do we justify our inaction? Here we are, sitting on thousands of potential "trumpets for justice" (aka microphones), but late in the game on mobilization. How is that?