Geraldo Rivera: Trayvon Martin Made Himself a Target With Hooded Sweatshirt

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Fox News' Geraldo Rivera stunned viewers with remarks about the Trayvon Martin case, saying that by wearing a hooded sweatshirt, the slain teen made himself a target.

Martin, the 14-year-old candy-carrying, hoodie-wearing African-American boy, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a Sanford, Fla., neighborhood watch captain.

He was walking home from a 7-Eleven and was unarmed. Zimmerman, who claimed self defense, has not been charged, though a grand jury will hear the case.

Martin supporters participated in a "Million Hoodie March" to protest Zimmerman's freedom. But the hoodie has taken on new meaning thanks to Geraldo.

"When you see a kid walking down the street, particularly dark-skinned kid like my son Cruz - who I constantly yelled at when he was going out wearing a damn hoodie or those pants around his ankles, 'Take that hood off!'" Rivera said on Fox & Friends.

"People look at you, and what’s the instant identification, what’s the instant association? It’s those crime-scene surveillance tapes."

"Every time you see someone stickin’ up a 7-Eleven, the kid’s wearing a hoodie," Rivera continued. "Every time you see a mugging on a surveillance camera or they get that old lady in the alcove, it’s a kid wearing a hoodie."

"You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a 'gangsta' … You’re gonna be a gangsta wannabe? Well, people are going to perceive you as a menace. That’s just what happens. It is an instant reflexive action."

The negative reaction to this was fast and furious.

Many viewers claimed this was a call for a dress code for minorities, or equivalent to saying women who wear revealing clothes are asking to be raped.

Questlove sent a long series of Tweets at Rivera, including:

"sorry @GeraldoRivera, what i gotta stroll around rocking a tux 24 7 so i can put others who are ignorant at ease? what about the OTHER side of that coin?"

With more brevity but just as much furor, Parks & Recreation star Aziz Ansari said, "It's really appropriate to tweet this any day, but seriously, F--k you Geraldo."

Rivera followed up on Twitter, defending his position:

"My own son just wrote to say he's ashamed of my position re hoodies - still I feel parents must do whatever they can to keep their kids safe," he wrote.

"Its not blaming the victim Its common sense-look like a gangsta&some armed schmuck will take you at your word... Its sad that I have to be the one reminding minority parents of the risk that comes with being a kid of color in America."

Do you agree with Geraldo's comments on Trayvon Martin?


You must be an ignorant dumb bitch. Going around asking who they are. Hope THEY show up and beat the shit outof you. Shut up.


@ Emerald- SHE didn't Misspoke- Someone TELL ME who they is!


HEY NECI- Trayvons Mother said " THEY KILLED MY SON" can your Racist ASS tell me who THEY is?


@Twister55 @Wiley, it is funny how you all can come out with racist comments and play like you all didn't start no kind of war with other user's. So when me and any other person defend ourselves about our comments, you all want to get mad and call us all racist. One thing I can say about me, is I love every race. But, if you come off being ignorant, I will have defend myself.


@Neci Hey, just for your information? I fly solo, woman! I 'm not a part of a troll gang like you are! I watch you and your fellow toadies operate here on the site. Suppose I see it as a form of entertainment---and I use the term...loosely. You must realize some of us are secure and confident enough to be the "lone wolves" here who speak our mind and go where we choose! Jealous?


@Question ???? Oh, don't tell me! We've got another great American conspiracy brewing!!!! Well, let's see "they"---it could be the Right Wing Conspiracy (Hillary Clinton blamed them for her hubby's moral downfall with Monica L.), could be the KKK, Could be the "hoodie haters", or maybe all the white people in America. OR..maybe..just maybe "they" simply doesn't exist and in her great grief she just got confused and misspoke. I'm gonna put my money on the latter!


Trayvon Martins Mother was at the Rally. She kept saying " THEY KILLED my Son! They are trying to slander his Reputation! Who is THEY? WHAT does THEY mean?


@James, the person who commented on my age: You're probably referring to that comment I made on the M.I.A. post last month, right? I didn't say I was 20. I had said "I'm not even 20 YET." I will be 20 in July. It's March. So technically, I'm still 19. Reed was the one who had said I was 20.


MAJOR POINT OF THE DAY IS.....there's a witness that's come forth in this case. May be more. This in FACT may not have been a murder, but an act of self-defense! Neci and your Klan...just let law enforcement do their job. This incident might turn out to be a whole different matter. So, why don't you guys just go to the White House for a quiet little "beer summit" while we await the conclusion of the investigation. Ok? From what I'm reading Neci, dear, you are just as accusatory and racist as the rest on here you've taken to task. If the hoodie fits, Neci---wear it, hun!


@ Neci- I'm thinking those guys are right! It's all about the "Color"- isn't it! Always about the Color!

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