Don’t listen to Geraldo Rivera. He suffers from Hoodiephobia. An acute disease sparked by racism and belief of stereotypes. Wearing a hoodie didn’t kill Trayvon Martin, the fearful and overzealous George Zimmerman did. Billions of people wear hoodies. It’s society’s perception of African-American and Latino boys sporting hoodies that provoke fear, not the hoodie itself. Geraldo’s logic is that youth should be barred from wearing hoodies. ” Trayvon Martin’s hoodie is as much responsible for his death as George Zimmerman.”
But I suppose everybody else can wear them. And those hardheaded boys who do, well, it’s their fault (and the fault of their parents) if somebody mistakes them for a criminal and shoots them in cold blood. Even Geraldos’s son Gabriel tweeted his shame over his father’s comments, “I’m ‘ashamed’ of my father’s remarks about Trayvon Martin and his hoodie”.
Geraldo is a man who seems to wear those fears with unyielding justification. Instead of scolding youth of color for wearing a hoodie, why not chastise the folks who harbor fear of every single kid who does. Readers, I’ll say it again, don’t be hoodwinked. I respectfully ask that when you do see a young person – especially a Black or Latino male sporting a hoodie, do not jump to conclusions. Calm down, count to 10 and breath… He may be simply trying to keep his head warm.
- Geraldo Rivera’s Son Ashamed Over Trayvon Martin Comments (theroot.com)
- ‘Geraldo In A Hoodie’ Tumblr Chronicles Rivera’s Most ‘Suspicious’ Outfits (mediaite.com)
- Geraldo Rivera finds real culprit in Trayvon Martin slaying was The hoodie . (gangsgoonsandgunz.rahrahrecords.com)
- “Minorities who wear hoodies just asking to be shot,” says Geraldo Rivera. (preaprez.wordpress.com)