Geraldo Rivera: Hoodie ‘allowed’ Zimmerman to kill Martin

Geraldo should just pack it in, he’s quickly becoming irrelevant, so a statement like this gives him an additional “fifteen minutes”…

The Raw Story

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera thinks he knows who or what is to blame for the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin: the hoodie did it.

Appearing on Fox News early Friday morning, Rivera conceded that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot Martin, should be investigated, but he urged black and Latino parents to not allow their children to wear hooded sweatshirts.

“I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was,” the host ranted. “You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangsta — you’re going to be a gangsta wannabe, well people are going to perceive you as a menace. That’s what happens. It is an instant, reflexive action.”

Rivera compared the situation to NPR firing Fox News contributor Juan Williams for saying he was scared of Muslims at the airport because of the way they dressed.

“That’s an automatic reflex,” Rivera explained. “When you see a black or Latino youngster, particularly on the street, you walk to the other side of the street. You try to avoid that confrontation. Trayvon Martin, God bless him. He’s an innocent kid, a wonderful kid, a box of Skittles in his hand, he didn’t deserve to die, but I’ll bet you money if he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way.”

Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy noted that New Yorkers on Wednesday had held a “Million Hoodie March” in support of Martin.

“You cannot rehabilitate the hoodie,” Rivera insisted. “I understand that the reaction might be overzealous or even irrational in some extent. You are not going to rehabilitate the hoodie. Stop wearing it!”

“There are some things that are almost inevitable. I’m not suggesting that Trayvon Martin had any kind of weapon or anything. He wore an outfit that allowed someone to respond in this irrational, overzealous way. And if he had been dressed more appropriately — I think unless it is raining out or you are at a track meet, leave the hoodie home.” [Edit: Doh! It was raining outside!]

“Perception is reality,” guest co-host Juliet Huddy agreed.

In fact, Zimmerman told the 911 dispatcher that it was raining as he was pursuing Martin.

“This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something,” the neighborhood watch enthusiast said. “It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about. … These assholes always get away.”

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Baratunde R. Thurston’s response:

parents, please don’t let your children go out wearing Geraldo Mustaches. Based on the facial hair alone, people could think they are attention-seeking, victim blaming, simple-minded idiots and in the worst case, hurl turtle shells at them

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6 responses to “Geraldo Rivera: Hoodie ‘allowed’ Zimmerman to kill Martin

  1. Who kicked over the rock he was under?! And why is anything Geraldo says relevant? His 15 minutes are up, he can go sit back done! Done & Done™

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  2. And, young women, if you get raped, it’s really your fault for wearing a tight dress or a short skirt.

    Perhaps among Geraldo’s multi-millionaire idiot friends, hoodies are automatically associated with crime. In the real world, they’re pretty much associated with being under 25 or so. I actually have a hooded fleece somewhere and I’m 38.

    Of course, I’m not suspicious-looking because I’m a white guy.

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  3. LongTimeLurker

    Bill Maher said on his show tonight “and if somebody pops a cap in Geraldo’s sorry ass it will be because his choice of mustache makes him look like a Mexican Bandito.” :) (I added a little yeast to it, but I have to give credit where it’s due.)

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  4. Blame the Hoodie? GIVE ME A BREAK. It was raining…. the kid was running…..and ….SORRY… but we don’t ALL use Totes umbrellas when going to the corner grocery store for a snack. Nor should we risk losing our lives while doing so!  And by his own admission, Mr. Zimmerman, the gunman, was stalking unarmed Trayvon – against the advice of the police (via cellphone contact). Mr. Rivera: you should be ashamed of your inane, insensitive comments, and your attempts to create “excuses” for the inexcusable actions of judge-jury-executioner Zimmerman. We are becoming a society that sees threats under every rock; a society that sees danger  with every “other” that is not like us;  a society with power hungry control-freaks (whether politicians or mayors or police chiefs or individuals) that are only too eager to take advantage of our fears; that are only too eager to get away with anything that they can, as they deprive us of our our liberty (and sometimes our lives), in the name of defending it. This is part of a slippery slope that includes the worst provisions of the Patriot Act, police spying on innocent people, papers-please and stop&frisk gone wild, the “right” to indefinitely detain Americans without trial, and homicidal “vigilantes” such as we have tragically seen here. It’s a slippery slope that leads to a police state/Orwellian mentality that is typical of places such as China, Cuba, or 1960′s Communist Eastern Europe. We used to stand proud and free, and contrasted our open society to such places. Now we imitate them. Our country is better than this. WE are better than this.

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  5. This is the stupidest thing I heard. We are now being judged based on what we wear. lease come on!!

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  6. We have all been reduced to a stereotype at one time or another:

    http://charleneoldham.com/2012/03/30/walking-a-mile-in-trayvons-shoes/

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