Geraldo Rivera Says Trayvon’s Hoodie Got Him Killed…Do You Think Black Men Should Stop Wearing Hoodies To Save Their Lives?

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" Today on Power Talk with Lorraine Jacques White, we talked about Geraldo Rivera’s comment that Trayvon Martin’s hoodie is the reason he was murdered.

In an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Friday, the Fox News contributor said that George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman who shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, was only partially to blame for the tragic incident.

Martin, an unarmed Florida teenager, was shot to death by a self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman in late February. His death has become a national tragedy, and the police handling of Zimmerman has further fueled uproar over the case.

Rivera said he had a “different take” on the case than most other people. He said that he believed George Zimmerman should be “investigated to the fullest extent of the law” and “prosecuted” if criminally liable, but blamed Martin’s parents for letting him go outside wearing a hoodie. Unbelievable!

“But I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies,” Rivera insisted. “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”

When asked to clarify his remarks, Rivera said that he cautioned his own son against wearing hoodies. He explained, “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?” "

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