Trayvon Martin's Hoodie
I am an extremely avid hoodie wearer. At some point every single day (literally) I will have a hoodie on. I have one in nearly every color, every fabric, with zippers, with buttons, etc. If you think think of the variation, it is in my closet. It is my number one item of leisurewear. So thank goodness I'm white because otherwise I'd get shot because I'm wearing one.
That's what Geraldo Rivera would like you to believe anyway. Rivera claimed on Fox and Friends that the hoodie is as responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman, the shooter, is. Rivera said it made Martin look like a "wannabe gangster." Therefore, obviously Zimmerman had the right to be suspicious and open fire.
It is the sad state of racial politics in this country that dictates this kind of rhetoric. That any seventeen year old boy could be responsible for his own death because of his choice of outerwear is utterly ridiculous. It is merely Rivera's way of saying that he is in support of racial profiling. He clearly references Latino- and African-Americans; he thinks only dark-skinned Americans should fear for their lives while wearing a hoodie.
Rivera has since apologized but it is no matter. He still went there. And he went there first, when he should have used his publicity to talk about the recklessness of gun owners. Just because the second amendment protects Americans' rights to own a gun, they do not have the right to kill innocent teenagers. This is the kind of conversation that should be on Fox News. The hoodie is just a diversion.