Geraldo Rivera may not have anticipated this response.
In the days following the Fox News Channel commentator’s comments that hoodies were to blame for the death of Travyon Martin in Florida last month, hoodies have been donned by political figures, athletes and celebrities who say that the piece of clothing is not the problem.
Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn), (L), Sen. Bill Perkins (D-New York), (C), and Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) (R), wear hooded sweatshirts during session in the Senate Chamber in Albany, N.Y. Monday. (Mike Groll/AP)
Rivera later apologized for his remarks, calling them “politically incorrect.” But the hoodies kept showing up — on Senate floors, in churches, on TV interviews and at rallies.
The hoodie had become a symbol of Martin’s death even before Rivera spoke out. Last week, hundreds of people took to the streets of New York City in a “Million Hoodie March” to call for the arrest of Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman. In a call to police just before the shooting, Zimmerman said he saw a “suspicious” man wearing a hoodie.
See prominent people who donned hoodies this week, after the jump.
Pop star Clay Aiken wears a hoodie during an interview on “Access Hollywood” Monday in support of justice for Trayvon Martin. (Access Hollywood/YouTube) Liberal radio talk show host and host of the Current TV's political talk show "Full Press Court," Bill Press, wears a hoodie at his Washington studio in support of the family of Trayvon Martin. (Current TV) Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund poses in a gray hooded sweatshirt in Washington. (AP/Children's Defense Fund) View Photo Gallery: Trayvon Martin’s death has sparked widespread interest (and debate) about the perceptions surrounding hoodies and those who wear them. It’s also become a protest symbol worn by those rallying in support of the unarmed teenager who was shot in a gated Florida community last month.