The country continues to be in an uproar over the murder of Trayvon Martin, the black teen from Florida shot on his way home from a convenience store by a zealous, self-appointed “neighborhood watch captain.” Questions lead to more questions, including how could an action like this happen?
But Fox commentator Geraldo Rivera believes he has the answer: it was because Martin was wearing a hoodie.
Appearing on Fox And Friends, Rivera claims what Martin was wearing was “just as responsible” for his death as George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, was. “I believe that George Zimmerman, the overzealous neighborhood watch captain should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law and if he is criminally liable, he should be prosecuted. But 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.”
As far as excuses go, the “hoodie” defense lies somewhere between “guns don’t kill people” and “she shouldn’t have worn that short skirt.” It also throws in a bit of guilty until proven innocent racial profiling that leads to things like the Arizona immigration law that allowed people to be questioned for their ID simply because of how they looked or what they wore — a law that was destined and designed just to target those with dark skin.
President Barack Obama has now made his own, powerful statement on the unjust death of Trayvon Martin. “If I had a son,” Obama stated, “he’d look like Trayvon.”
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