Saturday, March 24, 2012

Geraldo Rivera: Hoodies Kill People

Speaking on "Fox and Friends"about the death of Trayvon Martin, Geraldo Rivera assigned equal culpability between the actions of admitted shooter George Zimmerman and Martin's wearing a hoodie: "I think the hoodie is as much responsible (emphasis mine) for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman was." Rivera referred to ethnic stereotypes to explain that wearing a hoodie is provocative dress for a black teen: "...he wore an outfit that allowed someone to respond to in this irrational, zealous way... I think unless it's raining out or if you're at a track meet, leave the hoodie home..." One is reminded of supposed justifications for rape based on a woman's dress. Rivera should also be reminded that it was indeed raining the night Martin was shot. Watch:

4 comments:

stanchaz said...

Blame the Hoodie?..... walking while black with a hoodie, punishable by death? GIVE ME A BREAK. It was raining .... the kid was running .....and being stalked .......and ....SORRY, but we don't ALL use Totes umbrellas when going to the corner grocery store for a snack. Nor should we risk losing our very lives while doing so! Mr. Rivera: you should be ashamed of your inane, insensitive comments about Trayvon, and your attempts to create "excuses" for the inexcusable actions of judge-jury-and-executioner George Zimmerman (and those that would imitate him). We are becoming a society that seeks and sees threats under every rock; a frightened society that sees danger with every “other” that is not just like us;  a manipulated society with control-freaks running rampant (whether politicians or mayors or police chiefs or individuals). Power-hungry people that are only too eager to take advantage of our fears; that are only too willing to get away with anything and everything that they can, as they deprive us of our our liberty (and sometimes our lives).....all in the name of defending it. What a shell game. But were it only a game. For it includes the worst provisions of the Patriot Act, the police spying on innocent people, “papers-please” and stop&frisk gone wild, the “right” to indefinitely detain Americans without trial, and out-of-control homicidal vigilantes such as we have tragically seen here. It’s a serious, slippery slope... one that ultimately leads to a police state/Orwellian mentality that is more typical of places such as China or Cuba - NOT the America that I know and love. We USED to stand proud and free, and contrasted our open society to such sorry places. Now we imitate them. Our country is better than this. Our values are better than this. WE are better than this. Don’t blame the hoodie......blame what we are becoming, and allowing, and doing as a society. As Shakespeare once said: the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves: For we have come to accept things that should NEVER be accepted by a freedom-loving people. It’s time... it’s way past time, to reverse course.

Jeff Tone said...

Thank you, Stanchaz, for your eloquent and impassioned comments. Rivera's statement is indeed absurd and a reflection of a manipulated and fear-driven society.

Michael The Molar Maven said...

I have this discussion quite often with friends. I don't think what Rivera said was absurd at all. We must not only accept the fact that there are some very small-minded people in the world we must act accordingly. What we wear and how we appear makes a definitive statement. Public perception is a reality; ignore it at your own risk. The "hoodie" may have, indeed, contributed to Trayvan Martin's death whether you want to admit it or not. Educate the narrow-minded first, then put the hoodie back on.

Jeff Tone said...

"...the hoodie is as much responsible (emphasis mine) for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman was"? As responsible as Zimmerman? That's absurd. It was also raining. You can't protect yourself from the rain if you're a black kid? First you have to educate all the narrow-minded people?