Trayvon Martin In Haiku: Geraldo Blames The Hoodie

Geraldo's advice
For black and Latino youth
Don't wear your hoodies


I share the anger of the vast majority of non-racist Americans at the way the "investigation" into the murder of Trayvon Martin has been handled. But even after I heard that police had run a background check on Trayvon and drug tested his body while letting his killer walk away without being tested, I thought that the light-hearted nature of the haiku format meant anything I'd post here might be taken as me not treating the incident with appropriate seriousness.

However, here's something that doesn't deserve any serious consideration at all.

Appearing on the Faux News morning program, Fox and Friends, Geraldo Rivera blamed Trayvon's hoodie:

I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.

Yes, Geraldo Rivera says the hoodie is AS MUCH RESPONSIBLE as the murderer. Don't believe it?  Watch the video.

I used to think that Steve Doocy was the biggest idiot on Faux News. But with this comment,  Geraldo is making a pretty good case that he deserves to wear the Fox and Friends dunce cap.



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  • Wearing a hoodie
    Is no justification
    For a homicide.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    You're right Aquinas
    Even Geraldo's own son
    Says that he's ashamed!/GeraldoRivera/status/183223296865746944

  • Even though I think what Geraldo said is ridiculous, there is some reality to it in his first sentence(not the second one). The reality is there are some idiots like Zimmerman who are biased and are in positions where they can hurt innocent kids/people. The reality is some of them will never get over their biased behavior and will continue to hurt others because of it. I don't know if someone stops wearing a hoodie will help in them not getting shot but a child's life is more valuable than some "statement" until the day these guys are not biased.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Sadly, there will always be small minded people who draw conclusions about someone based on how they are dressed.,
    Suggesting that we wait until "the days these guys are not biased" is like saying that gays should stay closeted until ... well ... the days these guys are not biased. Or that women should never wear revealing clothing because some deranged person will conclude that they are "asking for it" If we do that, then the lunatics "win".

    In a part of the video which is not transcribed above, Geraldo reacted to a question about the "Million Hoodie March" by saying that you cannot rehabilitate the hoodie. But it isn't the hoodie that needs rehab, it's the vigilantes like Trayvon's killer and the racists in the Sanford police department who need rehabilitation.

    Even those who, for reasons I can't quite comprehend, believe that these "stand our ground" laws are necessary, are saying that what was done to Trayvon Martin does not fall within the protection of that law.

    Which is why one of the bigger issues for me is holding the police accountable for the decisions they made. How is it possible that they did toxicology tests on Trayvon's body but did not do similar tests on his killer. Perhaps someone can provide a reason other than racism. I can't think of one.

  • What he probably meant was...just wear your "hoodie" in YOUR hoodie. Profiling and stereotyping are inescapable in light of escalating violence due to failed parenting and a failed administration.

  • In reply to gposner:

    So you're blaming George Zimmerman's parents?

    Or the parents of the racist cops who let him go without drug testing or any checking into his claims of self-defense?

    Or the failed administration at the Sanford police department?

    Or the failed Bush administration in Florida that pushed for the law under which the killer is seeking protection?

    Or the failed administration at the NRA which is pushing for other states to pass similar laws?

    I'm asking because I want to be clear as to whose parents and which administration you believe are to blame for the profiling and stereotyping that led to the murder of Trayvon Martin.

  • On every hoodie
    picked up and tossed in the wash
    another mom's tears

  • In reply to Peyton Price:

    Wonderful haiku
    Capturing the deep sadness
    All kids' parents feel

  • I have learned from Geraldo not to go into stores that sell hoodies. Those things might gang up on me in there!

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Heh. One thing you would not learn from Geraldo's previous behavior concerns wearing a hoodie.

    Check out this Tumblr:

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