Friday, March 23, 2012

The Hoodie Did it, Ya That's It

I always thought that Geraldo Rivera wasn't a bad guy and that he was one of the few people over at Faux News that had some brains. So, I was really horrified when Rivera tried to blame Trayvon Martin's death on the hoodie that Trayvon was wearing.

Here is Rivera's explanation about how the hoodie was responsible:
"I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman was," the host ranted. "You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangsta -- you're going to be a gangsta wannabe, well people are going to perceive you as a menace. That's what happens. It is an instant, reflexive action." 
So wearing a hoodie means that you are dressing like a gangsta? Really? I have seen a lot of white people from middle America wear hoodies. I had no I idea that they were trying to look like "gangstas".

What does it mean to be dressed like a gansta anyway? Was Trayvon sporting any gang affiliated memorabilia? Not any that I have heard of. What Trayvon was guilty of was dressing like somebody of his generation. Ok, maybe more specifically, he was dressing like a black male of his generation. So it seems to me, what Rivera was saying, is that, if you dress like a young black male, you're immediately suspect of committing crime. 

Rivera's reasoning process sounds eerily similar to claiming that female victims of rape are somehow responsible for their own rape because of their choice of clothing.

From the information that is currently available, the only reasonable explanation for Trayvon's death was because he was shot by wannabe cop George Zimmerman. There is no other reasonable explanation. 

Zimmerman's self defense claim seems to be pretty bogus. Zimmerman followed Trayvon even though the police told him not to. No weapons were found on Trayvon. Also, Trayvon weighed about a hundred pounds less than Zimmerman. Zimmerman was also twenty-eight, whereas Trayvon was only seventeen at the time of the shooting. It is not likely that Trayvon was a threat to Zimmerman.

In short, blaming Trayvon's death on a hoodie is ridiculous.

More on this at Crooks and Liars.

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