Geraldo Rivera took to the airwaves of FOX News Friday morning for the purpose of giving his take on the Trayvon Martin case, quickly turning it into a racially-charged tirade against hoodies:
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] didn't deserve to die. But I 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.Victim-blaming in this nature is inexcusable. Rivera is arguing that if George Zimmerman in fact did act in a malicious and racially-motivated fashion his actions would be understandable because, "hey, we're ALL afraid of black kids in hoodies, right?" Apparently it's unreasonable to expect someone to resist their xenophobic impulses related to a person's clothing preference, but it's perfectly reasonable to tell kids that they should accept racism in our society and change what they wear out of fear for their safety.
Hoodies don't kill people, guns kill people. Wearing a hoodie shouldn't put your life at risk, and wearing one does NOT make you responsible for someone else's racially charged violence.