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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One Response to “The Hoodie To Blame In Fla. Shooting?”

  1. hilda rodriguez on March 25th, 2012 4:14 pm

    i do think hodies are calling for attention but not in this case with george he should of not been carring a weapon in the first place i know you have the right to bear arm but the law can only exten to carring it not using it in all the neighbors have much to blame in a society that we live in you can tell neither one of them care enough to step out the door and stop from preventing it any human being woul have the instinc to scream otu stop or what are you doing but these neighbor are more to blame if that was them they would want someone to help them could they not hear the cry for help every one of those neighbor should be charge for been involve and not prevent it from happening