A firestorm erupted online and on Twitter after Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera went on television to give his thoughts on the Trayvon Martin tragedy.
“I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters, particularly, to not let their children go out wearing hoodies,” Rivera said. “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”
His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 23, 2012
Sites like the progressive Think Progress and Hispanic culture and commentary site The Latino Rebels took Rivera to task for his comments, but the most outrage could be found on Twitter, where Geraldo Rivera was trending all of Friday morning.
New York Times Op-Ed columnist Charles M. Blow tweeted, “Umm. Geraldo. Wait. What?! Nooo. Seriously?! Pump your brakes dude,” along with the Think Progress link.
Umm. Geraldo. Wait. What?! Nooo. Seriously?! Pump your brakes dude… thinkprogress.org/media/2012/03/…
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) March 23, 2012
Actor Wil Wheaton added, “Dear Geraldo Rivera: I’ll use small words so you can follow me, okay? Hoodies don’t kill people. Paranoid racists with guns kill people.”
Dear Geraldo Rivera: I’ll use small words so you can follow me, okay?Hoodies don’t kill people. Paranoid racists with guns kill people.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) March 23, 2012
During his appearance Rivera elaborated on his stance and what he thinks the first thought people have is when they see someone wearing a hoodie.
“It’s those crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone sticking up a 7-11, the kid is wearing a hoodie. Every time you see a mugging…or they get the old lady in the alcove, it’s a kid 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.”
Rivera concluded his comments by saying, “Unless it’s raining out or you’re at a track meet – leave the hoodie at home.”
According to Zimmerman’s 911 call, it was raining when Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.
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