Geraldo Rivera hasn't been the same since he only found some empty bottles in Al Capone's vault back in '86. Today on Fox And Friends, of course, Rivera commented on the slaying of Trayvon Martin at the hands of wannabe police officer/Neighborhood Watch vigilante George Zimmerman.
“I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman,” said Geraldo. That's not a well chopped, sensational pullquote. Think Progress transcribed the entire exchange between Rivera and the show's hosts and guests:
BRIAN KILMEADE (co-host): Let's talk about the Trayvon Martin case and what's going on in Florida right now.
GERALDO RIVERA: I believe that George Zimmerman, the overzealous neighborhood watch captain should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law and if he is criminally liable, he should be prosecuted. But I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman was.
JULIET HUDDY (guest-host): What do you mean?
RIVERA: When you, when you see a kid walking — Juliet — when you see a kid walking down the street, particularly a 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, people look at you and they — what do they think? What's the instant identification, what's the instant association?
STEVE DOOCY (co-host): Uh-oh.
RIVERA: It's those crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone sticking up a 7-11, the kid is wearing a hoodie. [...] When you see a black or Latino youngster, particularly on the street, you walk to the other side of the street. You try to avoid that confrontation.
So by Rivera asinine logic, anyone wearing a hoodie, who is also unarmed, is asking to get murdered in cold blood. By that same logic, any Black or Latino kid that sees an officer in uniform should be wary since they tend to stomp out and murder that demographic, right?
There is also the fact that Martin was wearing a hoodie because it was reportedly raining that fateful day he went to the store to cop some Skittles and an iced tea. That sure doesn't sound like a "gangsta wannabe," Geraldo.
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