Appearing on Fox News on Friday morning, Geraldo Rivera said that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot Trayvon Martin, should be investigated, but also urged black and Latino parents to not allow their children to wear hooded sweatshirts (video below).
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Rivera said: “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was. You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangsta, you’re going to be a gangsta wannabe, well people are going to perceive you as a menace. That’s what happens. It is an instant, reflexive action.”
“That’s an automatic reflex. When you see a black or Latino youngster, particularly on the street, you walk to the other side of the street. You try to avoid that confrontation. Trayvon Martin, God bless him. He’s an innocent kid, a wonderful kid, a box of Skittles in his hand, he didn’t deserve to die, but I’ll bet you money if he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way.”