Geraldo on Hoodies

Remember Geraldo? The idiot who got kicked out of Iraq for drawing a map, on-air, that detailed the approximate location of the troops he was embedded with? He’s gone and done it again, this time insisting on Fox and Friends that  Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed for the crime of walking down the street, shouldn’t have had his hoodie up.

You can watch the video here.

To be fair, I don’t think Geraldo was saying Martin deserved to die because he had his hoodie up. Rather, he was saying that in this day and age, when we’re still so scared to death of young, dark-skinned men, that people may react poorly to the sight of a dark-skinned figure wearing a hooded sweatshirt at night. Fair. His wording, though, that the hoodie was “just as responsible” as George Zimmerman, is idiotic.

This type of rhetoric is often employed by the ultra-right when they try to shift blame onto victims of rape and sexual assault. Saying Trayvon should have “known better” than to have his hood drawn (at night, while it was raining, who would DO such a thing?) is tantamount to telling a woman who was brutally raped that she shouldn’t show so much cleavage. The problem has nothing to do with Trayvon Martin’s fashion choices, the problem is that being black and wearing a hoodie is considered by some to be “probable cause”.

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