Geraldo Rivera, the Fox News fool who bops around America pretending he is “out in the field” delving into stories that no one else does (in quite such a spectacularly ignorant way), has decided that there is a very good explanation for why Trayvon Martin was shot by a bored and racist man on a power trip: HIS SWEATSHIRT. HIS SWEATSHIRT WITH THE HOOD. In fact, any young person in America wearing a hoodie should be prepared that he may, at any time, be shot to death, according to Geraldo, because what are you hiding under there? A weapon? The weapon that is your face? The thoughts inside your shrouded brain?
Please, gather ’round for this important theory.
I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.
Here is the video:
Yes, why aren’t more inanimate objects blamed for things? Indeed, maybe Zimmerman’s gun shot itself! After all, knives fly out of people’s hands and into other people’s chests all the time.
Just to bring “more” legitimacy to his claim, Geraldo brought his son into the mix. So presumably people want to murder Geraldo’s son, too, and Geraldo is just saying, deal with that, son. Die. Or you could also just take the hoodie off.
When you see a kid walking down the street, particularly a dark skinned kid like my son Cruz who I constantly yelled at when he was going out wearing a damn hoodie or those pants around his ankles. Take that hood off. People look at you and what’s the instant identification? What’s the instant association? Its crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone stick up a 7-Eleven, the kid is wearing a hoodie. Every time you see a mugging on a surveillance camera or get the old lady in the alcove, it’s the kid with a hoodie. 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.
Ah, “instant reflexive actions.” Because those are great, and should never not happen. But Geraldo, whatever happened to, Innocent until proven guilty … of an actual crime that hasn’t happened yet? And never will, shucks, because Trayvon is dead. [Washington Post]