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Geraldo: Hoodied Meanings

2012 March 30
by Randy H. Milgrom

Geraldo Rivera — whom I once admired; I was an impressionable teen when he burst on the scene in the 1970s and ’80s as a mod hipster truth-teller (or so it seemed) — has been roundly and justifiably criticized in most quarters for his odd comment about the culpable role that Trayvon Martin’s hoodie played in the young man’s death. I don’t want to repeat the comment, so I’ll show it instead:

Geraldo Rivera Blames Trayvon Martin (Or His Parents) For Wearing Hoodie

It’s odd because whereas Geraldo actually correctly identifies the problem – straight-up prejudice based on appearance – he seems to thinks the solution is to somehow make yourself look acceptable to those who might kill you based solely on the way you look. I don’t know if he said what he meant to say, but he certainly seemed to mean what he said. (It’s earnest advice he gives to his son, no less.) Geraldo Rivera’s been on a downward slide since the O.J. Simpson trial, so this may merely be a desperate attempt to recapture some attention. Mission accomplished…in a bad way.

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