Geraldo Rivera, the other guy with the mustache other than Tom Selleck, went on Fox & Friends this morning to give his take on the Trayvon Martin case. Beg your pardon, his "different take" on the Trayvon Martin case, as he calls it. After explaining that he thinks George Zimmerman should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if he's found criminally liable, Geraldo goes on to urge parents of black and Latino youngsters to not let their kids go out wearing hoodies. Because, you know, they're hoodies. They're evil. But that's not even the bad part. Geraldo followed up that statement with this gem: "I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman was."
Geraldo remains that the piece of fabric should be blamed because it "allowed someone to respond in this irrational, overzealous way." Hear that, folks? Guess it's cool to start blaming provocatively dressed women for their rapes, too.
Because kids in hoodies and women in short skirts are kind of asking for it, you know.
Call me old fashioned, but I believe that if people are going around shooting kids in hoodies and raping women in red lipstick, the kids in hoodies and the women in red lipstick aren't the problem.
The self-appointed vigilante who murdered Trayvon, who stalked him despite being told not to, then pulled out a gun and shot him, is to blame. Not some sweatshirt with an extra piece that hangs off the back of the neck. Not some sweatshirt that almost everyone has in their closet. Not some sweatshirt that people wear in rainy weather, like Trayvon.
What do you think of Geraldo's comments?
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