The Hoodie To Blame In Fla. Shooting?
March 23, 2012 by staff
The Hoodie To Blame In Fla. Shooting?, Trayvon Martin’s death has sparked a series of conversations about racism, “Stand Your Ground” laws, and gun control. But Geraldo Rivera wants to talk about hoodies.
On Fox and Friends Friday, Rivera went on an extended rant about the negative perceptions a hooded sweatshirt elicits for him, and speculated that a change of outfit might have saved Martin’s life. Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was shot and killed while unarmed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who thought he looked “suspicious.”
Citing his own “dark-skinned” son Cruz, Rivera said parents (especially those of minority teenagers) should “not let their children go out wearing hoodies,” adding, “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”
Rivera contended that hoodies create an instant negative association: “It’s those crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone sticking up a 7-Eleven, the kid’s wearing a hoodie. Every time you see a mugging on a surveillance camera or they get the old lady in the alcove, it’s a kid wearing a hoodie.”
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