Say What Now of the Day: On this morning’s Fox and Friends, talk show host Geraldo Rivera blamed Trayvon Martin’s shooting on his attire, saying his hoodie was as much responsible for his death as George Zimmerman was.
“I am urging the parents of black and Latino particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies,” Rivera told his unfazed Fox News colleagues.
He went on to claim that the hoodie bears negative connotations that cannot be “rehabilitated.”
“I bet you money,” said Rivera, upping the audacity ante, “[I]f [Martin] didn’t have that hoodie on that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way.”
Are you shitting me?
And what is the dress code for young white, asian, and native american kids? Should white guys not have bald heads, because people might think their violent skinheads? Would I be justified for shooting a white bald guy because of that?
This is just out of control and is a completely invalid argument.
What the fuck? POC like this make me sick to my stomach.
I’m tired of people victim blaming, he’s missing the entire point. We need people to know that we need to STOP criminalizing clothing. Clothes don’t equal any particular type of person. I’m tired of this ridiculous argument, dressing in any way that is perceived as “non-White” should not be a death sentence. I have natural hair which is sometimes looked down upon by white people and people of color alike, should I straighten my hair because of that? No, because I don’t fucking want to, it shouldn’t matter.
FUCKING RESPECTABILITY POLITICS.
1 year ago on March 23, 2012 at 01:42pm with 1,915 notes