Today on Power Talk with Lorraine Jacques White, we talked about Geraldo Rivera’s comment that Trayvon Martin’s hoodie is the reason he was murdered.

In an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Friday, the Fox News contributor said that George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman who shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, was only partially to blame for the tragic incident.

Martin, an unarmed Florida teenager, was shot to death by a self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman in late February. His death has become a national tragedy, and the police handling of Zimmerman has further fueled uproar over the case.

Rivera said he had a “different take” on the case than most other people. He said that he believed George Zimmerman should be “investigated to the fullest extent of the law” and “prosecuted” if criminally liable, but blamed Martin’s parents for letting him go outside wearing a hoodie. Unbelievable!

“But I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies,” Rivera insisted. “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”

When asked to clarify his remarks, Rivera said that he cautioned his own son against wearing hoodies. He explained, “When you, when you see a kid walking — Juliet — 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 they what do they think? What’s the instant identification, what’s the instant association?”

“Uh-oh,” remarked co-host Steve Doocy, who nodded in agreement.

Peep the video to watch this mess…

Comments (23)
  1. Shireen says:

    they saw, take the fact that the black Zimmerman was neighborhood watch guy (we like those guys), and have the cops diticainng he has a bloody face / head, and we’d have the same attitude.Now could it be that the cops are lying to America?Sure, I guess. Lord knows cops lie… public employees being what they are today.But, until we have the cops proven as liars, which is a whole other legal ball of wax, I’m not getting how you think race plays into this.Black Zimmerman should be walking free until it is proven he’s guilty.And if in the rest of black America there are a bunch of black Zimmermans who are forced to go to jail after being neighborhood watch guy, calling 911, and ending up with a bloody face – then THAT is a horrible tragedy, and we should do something about it NOW.For conservatives, the first thing is somehow this became a thing for calling conservatives racists. Which is enough to force us to make sure no one is scoring points against our agenda which is paying less taxes, putting up with less noise from Democrats in general.The other thing is we’re buying more guns and we’re going to be keeping them – we want EVERYONE carrying a gun around – because well MAYBE YOU ARE RIGHT and public employee cops are bad, bad news.So for many conservatives, this is really about liking neighborhood watch gun carrying 911 calling guys – and not wanting that to go away.Last note, it’s good you wrote about something you read on a conservative site – I found your article through memeorandum, and generally, libs write about stuff from lib sites, and conservatives do same, so kudos there.

  2. Hilda says:

    Thank you Shaeri for a wonderful post. I would add that after Awareness comes Action. I will use msyelf as example. After 911 I was afraid of our Middle Eastern Community in Florida. Before they were just a group of people that kept to themselves . Or maybe I would say I kept to msyelf But after 911 I had suspicion and pre judged every one of them. They were all potential terrorists. The absurdity of my fears were reflected back to me when my own Korean daughter was the target of hate emails and remarks because high school students(after 911) mistook her as Middle Eastern. In their ignorance of her as Asian they lumped her into a group along with her girlfriend who was from India who also was a target. Anyone not like white was subject to be pre judged. My daughter and I attended Ramadan and invited Muslim friens to dinner.Friendships grew and fears dispersed. I too had believed that a few bad men represented all Muslims. (not for long but long enough to not like what was happening to me) These were not fears of my parents. These were my created beliefs. As we identify with Awareness our prejudices we can ask ourselves, is this mine or did I learn it from a real experience or my parents messages. Then after awareness we can make an action plan to build a bridge. After the bridge is built the false ideas that we can’t see at first become the water below our bridge flowing away. Then love can travel with ease from one person to another and we can see that we are all connected. We are all really one.

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