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Geraldo Blames Martin’s Hoodie, Obama Says, “If I Had A Son” [VIDEOS]

Geraldo Blames Martin’s Hoodie, Obama Says, “If I Had A Son” [VIDEOS]

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.”

Repeal the Stand Your Ground Law that lead to Trayvon’s death.

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6:18PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

No need to talk about Stupidity.....

3:51PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Geraldo has ALWAYS been a self-righteous bigot, most of his stories in the past have been played to make him look like a respectable person while attacking people he deems harmful to society, it almost got him stabbed with a drug users dirty needle. He is NOT respectable, he is a pathetic attention seeker and he is now desperate to get his name in the news.

12:52PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

It was a POS criminal with a shotgun that killed Trayvon NOT a hoodie! Such a ridiculous thing to say Mr. Rivera.

11:33AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Golly as we near retirement we wear hoodies, keeps our ears warm. We would be afraid to go to Florida lest we look suspicious and got shot for the privilege or being there. This channel of hatred should be off the air.

12:02AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

To Susan V
I signed your petition, and naturally agree with you, but do you really think anyone at Fox "news" ---- specially Geraldo ----- cares what we think? He is an egotistical twit that feels there's no such thing as bad publicity

11:43PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/885/922/317/tell-geraldo-it-wasnt-a-hoodie-that-pulled-the-trigger-on-trayvon/

You may or may not agree with my take on this, but feel free to say so.

Thanks

9:33PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Glad to see so many people still at least discussing this in a way that engages everyone. Thanks.

6:36PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Geraldo, is a freakin' idiot! How dare he use the wearing of a hoodie as an excuse for cold blooded murder! You know, it wasn't too long ago that a PR walking down the street would be accused of being a crook because, 'you can't trust those SPICKS! They're either in a gang or they're the kind of crook who's just out for himself!' What a jerk! By the way, shouldn't he be doing serious journalism like finding out what's in Al Capone's cars glove compartment?

5:35PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

@ julie;; I could care less about your depths... just suffice to say he died for a million reasons from many forms of malevalence; excuse making for any of the sides is past reason...I'm just sick of it all.... the issues being played here are perpetual; meaningless gaming...not likely to be resolved by natural man...
Tirade ? .. well maybe Im just finally venting outa my right port.. It'ws MY perception, my experience , my observation ; as I staggered along in my imperfection..... the images and fears and associations related to the hoody culture are absolutely engrained in the halls of infamy in many minds .. is that difficult to understand?... and the death of this young man a tragic waste of life. so now; put out the torches and maybe we can learn just a little bit here.

4:42PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

@ bob m.
I wish I could understand more than two words of your lengthy tirade....but what I did manage to get, sounds way off topic to me. Can we stick to the issue at hand? Did this kid get shot because he was wearing a hoodie and therefore thought to be up to no good? Did Zimmerman shoot him in self defence? Did he judge him by the colour of his skin and the clothing he was wearing? Did that justify his murder? I think they are some of the issues being discussed here.

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