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?

 

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Lol lol lol lol wow! @twister55, wiley, and also your buddy Reed, go crawl back under a rock or better yet, please go burn in hell with you all custom white sheets on. Oh I wonder, while you all burning in hell, what color you all going be next?

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Do you all not realize fueling each others anger and hate is only making it worse ? But unfortunately until Jesus comes back theres always going to be hate . I dont belive in racism . I teach my kids to love one another even when they are bullied I say pray for the bullies and be as nice to them , yes stand up for yourself but donnot hate . I wonder how the world would be if there were no racism and hate , seriously it would be a better place but ignorant people ruin it for the children of today bc of the mindset of their color is the right color but im sorry there is no right color . To me we are all the same , brothers and sisters.

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Can we please get to the real matter and stop bei ng selfish. There is so much hatred on this that must we forget a young man was murdered ok . Stop throwing race cards for a moment and reflect that this same hatred tht is on this site is the same hatred tht happened to this young individual . May god give his family peace and comfort and I pray for every racist person , white black hispanic asian ,etc .... We need to look at ourselves and see do we have the same oragans, do we have the same blood color , we all were created by god . Im not racist I love equally and I will pray for everyperson on here. It hurts my heart how this tragedy can be overshadowed by peoples selfishness. We r adults ok there should not be name calling , handle it professionally . We all r not perfect , every color in the world is not perfect . May god bless this young mans family , we need to show compassion instead of hate

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@ Neci As an outside observer and former college debater, I can tell you that if you're admitting that this Reed turned the tables on you? You've most definitely LOST the war! Can't believe you admitted it but there it is! Man, that is just beyond stupid on your part! I think this Reed and his posse did FINISH IT. You just aren't smart enough to see it! Lame!

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@Neci KKK? Are you checkin' membership cards? Lookin' under the sheets there???? Hahaha! You make accusations that obviously cannot be backed up! How do we know if you're not a card holding member of the Black Panther group??? You're so quick with the labeling yet you're crying that folks are racist and judgmental. No more than YOU! The way you spew racial labels at others is a disgrace! Don't you and your tag team of troublemakers on this site have anything better to do? Isn't there an NAACP or Gay Pride meeting to attend?

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@Reed, how in the hell you going to sit down at your computer and call someone a racist? When clearly you was the one starting with people on this site. Its all your fault, so maybe you can stop with all the madness and this so called war of yours. It is funny how you trying to turn the table on me, when you and your so called buddies, started something that you all couldn't finish.

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Talking to Neci is a waste of time. She is a phony sent here to stir up trouble. She and her group are Racist.

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@lisa, it was to all the kkk racist asshole on this site: now if you want to be a p art of the klans,you sure can.

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DON'T RUSH TO JUDGMENT. ASSHOLES, LIKE JESSE JACKSON, AND AL SHARPTON, LOVE TO YELL, RACISM. IF THE WHITE KID, WHO'S ACTUALLY, LATINO, DID ANYTHING WRONG, HE SHOULD BE PROSECUTED. HOWEVER, WITNESSES HAVE COME FORWARD SAYING, ZIMMERMAN, WAS THE ONE YELLING, HELP.ZIMMERMAN'S BACK, AND HEAD, WERE BLEEDING. MARTIN WAS ON SUSPENSION FROM HIS SCHOOL, AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT. ZIMMERMAN HAD HELPED THE POLICE IN THE PAST. A LOT OF BURGLARIES HAD OCCURRED IN THE AREA. MOST COMMITTED BY BLACKS.DON'T LET THE OLD PHOTO OF MARTIN, WHO APPEARS VERY INNOCENT, SWAY YOU. WAIT UNTIL ALL THE FACTS ARE IN, BEFORE LISTENING TO PUBLICLY HOUNDS LIKE, JESSE & AL.

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Neci - When calling someone out, it is best to NOT display the exact behavior in which you are against. I quote "We'll guess what, fuck you all pink face, sun burn, jimmy hot dog, wet dog smelling asses." Also,cursing is not something you want to do when trying to make someone understand your point of view, it changes the entire conversation. IMO - I get what Geraldo Rivera saying (that people will judge you on your appearance, so be careful) but I don't think it has anything to do with this poor boy being shot. It seems like the man who shot him had issues, hopefully justice will be served.

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