If it wasn’t for Trayvon Martin’s sweatshirt, he’d still be here, says one mustachioed, deluded man.
The shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman has rocked the U.S., prompting much soul-searching and criticism over so-called “stand your ground” laws and gun laws generally. President Barack Obama has even weighed in, saying that if he had had a son, that son would look like Trayvon. But one noted media commentator known more for disappointing viewers than anything else has his sights set on what he considers the true culprit of the crime: Trayvon’s hooded sweatshirt. Geraldo Rivera was on Fox News this morning to expound on the evils of just about the most common piece of apparel for anyone under the age of 30:
So, you hear that, black and Latino parents? You’re not doing your job as legal guardians if you let your kids leave the house wearing a zip-up with a hood attached, because racist white people will automatically assume they’re up to no good. If you dress like that, you’re clearly asking for trouble – just ask this Toronto police officer! Better yet, you should probably force your kids to leave their pants and shoes at home, too, because every time we see surveillance camera footage from a 7-11, the culprits are always wearing those too! Or just don’t let them leave the house at all. That way no one will ever be shot ever again, and we owe it all to Geraldo.