If this is true, we are doomed

Geraldo Rivera made this comment on Fox yesterday:

I see those six ladies in the jury putting themselves on that rainy night, in that housing complex that has just been burglarized by three or four different groups of black youngsters from the adjacent community. So it’s a dark night, a 6-foot-2-inch hoodie-wearing stranger is in the immediate housing complex. How would the ladies of that jury have reacted? I submit that if they were armed, they would have shot and killed Trayvon Martin a lot sooner than George Zimmerman did. This is self-defense.

I am not one of the trial fanatics who tunes in to see speculation and dissection of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman trial. I have not familiarized myself with Florida civil procedure to anticipate where this legal mess is going. There are plenty of questions about that night that will never be answered, and this trial will not answer them.

One thing is clear: “self defense” should be a defense left to the victim of aggression, not the person who provokes an unstable and volatile situation.

Geraldo insults common sense when he skips from darkness/hoodie to fatal gunfire. He insults the “ladies” on the jury when he speaks for them.

Common sense and introspection takes the gap between fear and force and fills it in with options that are preferable to engagement and killing.


Ask from a safe distance for the person to introduce himself.

If unsatisfied, call the police to report a trespasser. Do not jump to crazy assumptions.

Stand back.

Go to a safe place and wait for the authorities.


That a hoodie, dark night and unfamiliar person is Geraldo’s  auto-justification for gunfire,  under the umbrella of self defense, is a declaration/acknowledgment of tragic fear and racism.

It is time to acknowledge the interplay of fear and racism, and comprehend how guns and “stand your ground” distortions will victimize the next generation of Black men. It diminishes all of us to presume that reasonable minds would pursue the same path as George Zimmerman.


That is just too dark a world.

Retreat and report seems a fine formula for those suffused with fear.

Fox is harboring a blabbering lunk head, with a ridiculous moustache and pathetically shallow powers of perception. If his view of the world is correct, we had better button up and hunker down now that concealed carry is the law of the land.

As a practical matter: no hoodies, ever.

Driving while Black is being enlarged to include the lesser and included Hoodie while Black.

Sorry for the vitriol.  Jerry owes common sense an apology.
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