I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters, particularly, to not let their young children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.
It’s what Geraldo Rivera said on the set of “Fox & Friends” back in March 2012, right in the midst of the media plume over the Trayvon Martin case. He added even more such talk: “If he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way.”
Those comments earned Rivera a multiplatform beatdown, as critics roared about his victim-blaming ways. The flamboyant and famous commentator tried his hand at a couple of apologies, but his heart wasn’t “in it..”
The mentality that gave rise to Rivera’s “hoodie” observation resurfaced in Fox News studios today. In a FoxNews.com chat regarding the Martin case, Harry Houck, a former NPYD detective, said this about the young man’s death: “Listen, Trayvon Martin would be alive today if he didn’t have a street attitude. That’s the bottom line,” Houck said.
Houck is already taking heat:
— Robyn Swirling (@RSwirling) June 11, 2013
Try “… if Zimmerman didn’t kill him.”—Fox News Guest: Martin Would Be Alive Today If He Didn’t Have Street Attitude mediaite.com/tv/fox-news-on…
— Beth Kujawski (@beth4158) June 11, 2013
Advice to Houck: Just say you’re merely “trying to save lives,” a la Rivera.