Geraldo Rivera Places Blame Of Trayvon Martin Death On Hoody

    March 23, 2012
    John Vinson
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Here’s a quick breakdown of Geraldo Rivera’s Trayvon Martin segment on the show Fox & Friends:

0:01 – 0:18 – Talking about how George Zimmerman, the person responsible for gunning down Trayvon Martin should be investigated to the full extent of the law.

0:19 – 2:55 – Goes on an asinine diatribe about how black & latino people shouldn’t wear hoodies, and how white people cross the street when someone of a darker color is walking towards them.

Watch it in full below.

No, you aren’t watching a throwback clip from a news show taking place during the 50’s, 60’s, or even 70’s. It took place in 2012 … this morning. Rivera’s mustache is too big & grey for this to take place in the past.

It’s rare that I’m left speechless by anything said on mainstream news/infotainment, but this left my jaw on the floor. I’m still scrambling to pick it up. As I was just getting it back into place, I saw Rivera backed up his segment with a tweet, which is just as worse if not more so than anything said on the show…

His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman.(image) 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I’ll leave it to all of you to decide which is worse, the tweet or the video. With something so ridiculous and insensitive being said, Twitter fired back…

Ridiculous. Nice stereotype. “@HuffingtonPost: Geraldo Rivera’s jaw-dropping comments about Trayvon Martin tragedy http://t.co/lskWrZS7(image) 1 minute ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

“Lincoln’s love of the theater killed him as surely as John Wilkes Booth.” — Geraldo Rivera(image) 2 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Geraldo Rivera’s lack of credibility to comment on anything relevant really took a hit today.(image) 1 minute ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

“I found a hoodie in Al Capone’s vault!” – Geraldo Rivera(image) 19 minutes ago via Tweetbot for iOS ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

here’s how we wrap this all up. Parents, don’t let your kids grow up to be Geraldo Rivera.(image) 45 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Geraldo, I will burn all of my hoodies. How silly of me to think that I have the right to wear the clothes I want. http://t.co/nIKn3DgV(image) 9 minutes ago via Tweet Button ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

#Geraldo Rivera is a dumbass. Teens wear hoodies everyday, you can’t make excuses for someone being racist.(image) 1 minute ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

As an avid hoody wearer, I’ve only been given hassle a couple of times when I forget to put my hood down when entering a bank. Which makes sense, considering I was in a bank. I guess it doesn’t matter though since I’m white as Miracle Whip, which according to Rivera’s formula makes it ok for me to wear one.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/author/josh-wolford Josh Wolford

    I assume that the moustache is where he keeps all of his douche power. Cut that, and he might fall to the douchery ranks of a pat robertson or someone of the like. Quite biblical, really.

  • MoustacheLove

    I think the utter disbelief towards Geraldo’s statements are misguided. He is not stereotyping the victim or people who wear such clothing. He is explaining the stereotype, how tragic it is and for people to make note of this. Geraldo’s tweet was plainly dumb and misleading on it’s own, but the video interview is a clear display of Geraldo’s very valid points.

    So, to put in another way to the instant douche labelers ….settle down, Beavis.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/josh-wolford Josh Wolford

      Yeah, telling an entire group of people to just stop wearing hoodies for their own good, because of someone else’s prejudice is a wonderfully valid point. That kid should’ve known that some racist jerk would see hoodie and think “Well, that guy needs to die.” I see where you’re going there.

      • MoustacheLove

        “Well, that guy needs to die.” No, you don’t see where I’m going. Geraldo, the twit that he is, is not opining about his prejudice toward hoodies….even though he certainly might be prejudice. He is citing society’s obvious prejudice and stereotypes toward hoodies, low pants, etc. He didn’t just create this stereotype from his own warped mind. He’s stating the obvious…right or wrong.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/author/john-vinson John Vinson

    I think what people are most upset about, and what I took from the video is how Rivera is displacing blame. All of it should be on Zimmerman. Martin was a kid who was looking to get home with some Skittles. Saying that the hoody had anything to do with it is like saying a rape victim shouldn’t have worn such a short skirt. And then trying to validate the argument, which takes focus away from what really matters.

    It also is in a way trying to justify Zimmerman’s intent. He’s basically saying that Zimmerman only suspected Martin because he was wearing a hoody, instead of simply stating that Zimmerman was just a crazy and/or racist person.

    • MoustacheLove

      I took the video differently. It seemed to me that he was making a distinction away from Zimmerman, his intent, etc. and pointing out society’s stereotyping and the tragedies that result. So Zimmerman could be crazy/racist and is one of the member of society that work off of the stereotype.

      But Geraldo’s follow up Tweet was beyond ridiculous and drew absolutely no distinction. But I find Geraldo very stereotypical of all sensationalist fools in the media so who knows that he really honestly thinks.

      Regardless, the hoodie/low pants stereotype is both undeniably prevalent and is absolutely also no excuse to jump start a violent act.

  • Don

    Regardless of the connection to Zimmerman and Trayvon, Geraldo’s comments are correct in a larger sense.

    If you RTFA, you will note that youth these days deliberately dress in a manner that suggest they are someone to be feared. Their idols are Rappers who “sing” about murder, rape and often end up being murdered or committing murder or rape.

    When a young black man dresses like a gangster (or any young man for that matter)they invite everyone around him to believe that he IS a gangster. In case you missed it, gang members are associated with all manner of reprehensible acts from drug dealing to gang rape and murder to outright executions.

    Why would anyone want to dress like people who do these things? Why is it any surprise that when you do, people will fear you and in turn, suspect you of being up to no good.

    I don’t know of Trayvon was dressed like a gangster. I do know that Zimmerman was wrong to exit his vehicle and confront him and that he should be prosecuted. But Geraldo is right to bring this point up.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

      Please stop trying to justify this abjectly narrow point of view. I’m currently wearing a hoody at my desk. Does that mean if I get shot, it’s my fault?

      • thinkingmayhurtbutyouatleasttry

        Chris what a shallow conclusion to draw from this…I was wondering if you considered what you wrote prior to actually writing it…you just directly compared you sitting at your work desk in the middle of the day I’m assuming in a work environment to a teenager, alone, late at night, in a hoody, walking through a neighborhood that has had issues w/ break ins.

        I know right now your emotions are starting to bottle up just wanting to respond, but realize that the point Geraldo is making (*and I am no fan of Geraldo and by no means his ridiculous tweet), try to step back out of premature emotional thoughts and assumptions, so you can actually contemplate on what is really being said. There exists a stereotype in America such as is described in the video above, to deny it is to live in a fantasy world you have drawn up…if you choose that route, then you run the risk of being the type to believe simply what the media can present to your emotional side that bypasses any sort of thinking…let alone critical thinking…

  • L Monet Knight

    Further to the points reference to G.B.; Trayvon Martin was minding his business, George Zimmerman constantly seeked Trayvon out until George met Trayvon face to face (with a gun)…
    G.B. said the Hoddie is much of the blame, no it was Zimmerman to blame period!! Zimmerman does NOT DECIDE MARTIN’ S CLOTHING, nor should society and neither does G.B.!!
    Zimmerman was not a registered watchman he was SELF appointed, once he made the call gave the discription of what he said was suspicious, ZIMMERMAN was to stand post at the entrance where the mailboxes where as he identified to the 911 operator instead he pursued, provoked…ZIMMERMAN tells the 911 operator to call him back WHY BECAUSE ZIMMERMAN WANTED TO CONFRONT MARTIN HIMSELF!! On the scene a person is dead, the killer is not questioned, detained, suspect and allowed to leave with a weapon…case closed. And I am supposed to believe MARTIN’S HOOTIE IS AS MUCH TO BLAME AS ZIMMERMAN. G.B. is certainly transferring blame to equal the cause of MARTIN’S death. Truly ignorant G.B.