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L.A. Now Live: Chat about Trayvon Martin, hoodies and 'The Talk'

April 12, 2012 |  7:00 am


Columnist Sandy Banks and reporter Christopher Goffard will be joining City Editor Shelby Grad to talk about a couple recent pieces about Trayvon Martin, hoodies and the conversation black parents say they have with their children about dealing with authorities.

The chat will begin at 11 a.m. at www.latimes.com/lanow. If you have questions, you can ask them live at 11 a.m. or submit them now by hitting the comment button above.

In Banks' column on hoodies, she wrote that "somehow the humble hooded sweat shirt has evolved from basic, everyday apparel to a sinister symbol of urban terror."

Banks wondered if black parents should make hoodies off-limits for their children.  She wrote: "When it's cold, you give him a cardigan. When it rains, he'd better have an umbrella. Because if he steps out in a hooded jacket, someone might see a target on it."

Goffard and reporter Richard Winton spent some time in Pasadena in the days after 19-year-old Kendrec McDade was shot by two officers -- and spoke with black parents about the conversations they have with their children.

" 'The Talk' is because they have to know what to do and not do," Jim Collins, a longtime Pasadena resident, said of his conversation with his son. "Certain things are a reality for him -- he needed to understand that early on."

Parents told Goffard and Winton that "The Talk" is a ubiquitous part of African American life, regardless of how high they climb on the socioeconomic ladder.

-- Kimi Yoshino

Photo: Dest'n Montague, 5, leads a silent march down Broadway in Los Angeles on Monday. Credit: Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times