NORMAN — Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills knows you're watching him.
The 2011 All-Big 12 second-team selection knows you notice when he wears dingy black Converse, white tube socks and gym shorts. He knows you wonder why he wears his hair in a black and blonde Mohawk, his lip piercing, his two stud earrings, his sleeves of tattoos.
He also has an affinity for wearing hoodies like Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed in Florida.
In the wake of Martin's death, Stills spoke about Martin and what the attire, piercings and tattoos on a person say about their character and attitude.
How do you feel about Trayvon Martin's death?
“I definitely saw it as a tragedy. I really couldn't believe it at first, that people would feel intimidated by a young African-American male wearing a hood. Every time I have a sweatshirt that has a hood on, I have a hood on. What does that prove? Somebody has a hood on so you're intimidated by them? What is that? I felt like it hit home for a lot of people. I feel like a lot more people are conscious of it.”
Do you think young black men should change the way they dress in response to Martin's death?
“No. Not at all. I feel like a lot of it is stereotypes. It depends on the type of neighborhood that you live in. I don't know too much about this story, but it sounds like, from my teammates talking about it, that he was in a pretty nice neighborhood. They said that he had went to the store, and he had come back with a hood on. Someone was intimated enough that they felt they had to shoot him. I feel it's unfair for people to be able to do that. If you see somebody else — not an African-American male with a hood on — it's not a big deal. But you see him with one, and he's a threat. That's unfair, but that's the way the world works.”
Do you think you'll change the way you dress in response to his death?