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Geraldo Rivera: Trayvon Martin Would Be Alive but for His Hoodie
FOX NEWS LATINO ^ | March 23, 2012 | Geraldo Rivera

Posted on 03/23/2012 8:49:52 AM PDT by Beaten Valve

(SNIP)

Posing like a hip hop mogul when the holes in your pants are real is ultimately self-defeating.

But leave the subject of self-destructive pretense for another time, let’s talk hoodies.

His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman did.

Remember when my friend and colleague the estimable Juan Williams got fired from NPR for saying that Muslims formally garbed freaked him out at airports? Juan is among America's sharpest commentators. He wasn't justifying his reaction, he was copping to it. Maybe shock therapy or a semester of sensitivity training could change it, otherwise It is what it is.

No one black, brown or white can honestly tell me that seeing a kid of color with a hood pulled over his head doesn’t generate a certain reaction, sometimes scorn, often menace.

When you see that kid coming your way, unless you specifically recognize him you are thinking ghetto or ghetto wannabe high-style or low-brow wise-ass. Pedestrians cross the street to avoid black or brown hoodie wearers coming their way.

Because this is a teachable moment let me speak plainly.

Whatever Reverends Sharpton and Jackson say in Florida Friday, after listening to the 911 tapes and hearing the witness’ testimonials, I believe Trayvon Martin would be alive today but for his hoodie.

(Excerpt) Read more at latino.foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: gerogezimmerman; hoodie; trayvonmartin
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1 posted on 03/23/2012 8:49:58 AM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve

BAN HOODIES!


2 posted on 03/23/2012 8:52:03 AM PDT by ne1410s ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill)
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To: Beaten Valve

I’m wearing a hoodie right now.


3 posted on 03/23/2012 8:52:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Beaten Valve

ping for later amusement


4 posted on 03/23/2012 8:53:09 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Beaten Valve
Yeah right Jerry. Maybe a lot of white girls wouldn't have been raped if not for the color of their skin. Maybe a lot of white people wouldn't have been robbed or murdered if they didn't have white skin. Maybe a young boy wouldn't have had gasoline poured on him if he didn't have white skin.

Maybe Jerry's mother should have used contraceptives.

5 posted on 03/23/2012 8:53:25 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Beaten Valve

Obviously we need a blue ribbon government panel to investigate the possibility of banning the sale and use of hoodies.

Hoodies are the new trans-fat.


6 posted on 03/23/2012 8:54:02 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Beaten Valve

Geraldo is an idiot. Sensation monger posing as a journalist.

Hey, Geraldo, I have three words for you: Al Capone’s vault


7 posted on 03/23/2012 8:55:48 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Beaten Valve
Juan is among America's sharpest commentators

I quit reading here ...

8 posted on 03/23/2012 8:57:32 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Hoping to have some change left)
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To: Beaten Valve

Geraldo Rivera

you are the classic ambulance chaser

Here is a clue.....

We actually think your a race baiter.... and the only time we see you is when you are dragged out of hiding to present some trumped up crap to “make it real”

EL


9 posted on 03/23/2012 8:58:46 AM PDT by Eureka_Lead (No political party has ever become a dictatorship when the citizens have firearms - Stay Vigilant)
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To: Beaten Valve

Trayvon Martin would alive but for the fact that he was a violent criminal who assaulted a man with a CCW and a 9mm.

Don’t let the facts get in the way of your race pimping, Bergaldo.


10 posted on 03/23/2012 8:59:34 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Beaten Valve
A government mandated dress code?

Why not? We already know that government can mandate what you purchase. I guess if everyone were to wear little Mao jackets, there would less fear and more solidarity among the glorious workers.

11 posted on 03/23/2012 9:00:41 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("And the public gets what the public wants" -- The Jam)
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To: fatnotlazy
Gerbaldo cracks everything open...including chairs
12 posted on 03/23/2012 9:00:46 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Beaten Valve

If you don’t want to be mistaken for a thug, then don’t dress like one.


13 posted on 03/23/2012 9:01:14 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Beaten Valve

I think that buttfat he injected into his jowles has finally reached his brain.


14 posted on 03/23/2012 9:02:18 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: Beaten Valve

My, all the little witch hunters are out today, aren’t they?


15 posted on 03/23/2012 9:02:29 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: cripplecreek

Not a big fan of the hoodie. Wrecks the peripheral vision. Useful when it is really cold and windy though. This happened in Florida, right? Looking more and more like this was a bad shoot from the bits I hear about it, but there is a point here that if a hoodie make you look like a thug, why would you wear one if you aren’t one.


16 posted on 03/23/2012 9:02:29 AM PDT by JTHomes (Free markets now!)
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To: Beaten Valve
Jerry Rivers should go back to Al Capone's Vautlt.....he's a zero and a bigot/racist/homo-loving sack of doo-doo, himself.

ALL the people calling for an Arrest and Trial are doing so with NO FACTS OR EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER.

Where we have FACTS of Criminal Wrong-doing (such as Fraudulent Presidential Birth Certificates, and FORGED Selective Service Cards, and FRAUDULENT use of Social Security Numbers, they call the people who ask questions "stupid", "zealots", "Racists", etc., etc.)

17 posted on 03/23/2012 9:04:18 AM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Enterprise

Yeah Mr Rivers should have worn a hoodie


18 posted on 03/23/2012 9:04:38 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Beaten Valve
Jerry Rivers should go back to Al Capone's Vault.....he's a zero and a bigot/racist/homo-loving sack of doo-doo, himself.

ALL the people calling for an Arrest and Trial are doing so with NO FACTS OR EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER.

Where we have FACTS of Criminal Wrong-doing (such as Fraudulent Presidential Birth Certificates, and FORGED Selective Service Cards, and FRAUDULENT use of Social Security Numbers, they call the people who ask questions "stupid", "zealots", "Racists", etc., etc.)

19 posted on 03/23/2012 9:04:43 AM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Beaten Valve

Its been unseasonably warm for Feb-March here in Florida. It is not hoody weather.

Hoodies are worn because masks and trench coats are too conspicuous. They are in effect thug paraphernalia.

If you don’t want to be treated like a thug, don’t act like one.


20 posted on 03/23/2012 9:05:07 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Beaten Valve

Trayvon Martin would be alive if he had called 911 and reported a suspicious person following him.

Always easy to armchair QB after the fact.


21 posted on 03/23/2012 9:05:46 AM PDT by Ironfocus (Unseat the Looter-in-Chief)
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To: Beaten Valve

Take a poll of 7-11 and other personnel as to what their reaction would be - same as mine if I was in one of those stores (RARE event).

I have a “Hoodie” but I only wear it when it is a cold windy day. I’m also an Old Fud and don’t look THAT intimidating. However, let some young kid wear it, any color, and like Rivera, I’m thinking “ghetto wannabe maybe looking to establish his ‘creds’ “ and the hand drifts down to my inside-the-pants holster.


22 posted on 03/23/2012 9:05:45 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: cripplecreek
I hate to be the one to tell you this, but a lot of blacks were “hoodies” for the same reason the KKK wears their hoods.

A black in a “hoodie” means the same thing as a KKK member in their hood, the races are just reversed.

23 posted on 03/23/2012 9:06:50 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Beaten Valve

Sure, Geraldo. Got it.

Now......carefully put down the crack pipe and go back to bed. It’s for your own good.


24 posted on 03/23/2012 9:08:14 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: chris37

“You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said.

This is out and out race baiting. Total thuggery on the part of Obama. Only part he left out was to bring out your guns.
Oh yeah, he’s said that before too.


25 posted on 03/23/2012 9:08:53 AM PDT by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: Beaten Valve

In the majority of security videos of robberies I see on local news, the perp is wearing a hoodie.


26 posted on 03/23/2012 9:11:38 AM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: A'elian' nation

“If you don’t vote for 0bama, you support the killing of Trayvon Martin”

That’s what he’s going for.


27 posted on 03/23/2012 9:15:28 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Beaten Valve

“.......If you dress like a hoodlum eventually some schmuck is going to take you at your word...............”
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I have a minor change to Geraldo’s word’s above.

“If you dress like a hoodlum AND, BECAUSE OF SOME PERCEIVED PROVOCATION OR DISSIN’, ATTACK & START BEATING UP SOME SCHMUCK, eventually some schmuck is going to take you at your word AND RESPOND TO YOUR BEATING BY DEFENDING HIMSELF WITH DEADLY FORCE.”

And folks, I’m not defending everything Zimmerman did. This all could have been avoided if he had exercised better judgement.


28 posted on 03/23/2012 9:16:02 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Ironfocus
Trayvon Martin would be alive if he had called 911 and reported a suspicious person following him.

Trayvon Martin would be alive if he hadn't been on top of Zimmerman, punching him repeatedly.

29 posted on 03/23/2012 9:17:02 AM PDT by meyer (Fluke - the new "F" word)
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To: JTHomes

I have at least a dozen hoodies. I spend a lot of time outside. At least 3 of mine are hunter orange. I spend half the year in hoodies, long johns, and Carhardts.


30 posted on 03/23/2012 9:19:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: A'elian' nation

Yes, it is, he wants race riots just like every other leftist POS in this country


31 posted on 03/23/2012 9:20:20 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Ironfocus

Great minds and all that:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2862284/posts?page=180#180

I think you and I are the only one’s pointing out that fact.


32 posted on 03/23/2012 9:21:48 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: ne1410s

If ghetto types took to wearing purple ties with pink spots it would be the same. In time the rest of us would move away from people with purple ties with pink spots. It’s NOT the hoodie - it’s what the hoodie represents. It’s screams ‘ghetto violent’.

ANYTHING black ghetto criminals wear as a fashion statement will become something the rest of us recoil from...

As a percent of population, black males are the most violent - black young people deaths? The vast majority of the murders are done by black men. The MSM is very quiet about those murders. Those murders don’t help liberal elites. Those murders only hurt the black community.

Black people get a little money and the first thing many do is MOVE AWAY from black people. The racist Rev Wright who thinks of whites as blue eyed devils - retired and moved to a white community. It’s not uncommon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBFOmUXR080


33 posted on 03/23/2012 9:22:31 AM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: chris37
Violent criminal, talk about jerry rivers blowing smoke, you just one up-ed him.
34 posted on 03/23/2012 9:23:20 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Beaten Valve

Isn’t Whorealdo The Drama Queen the one that faked getting assaulted?


35 posted on 03/23/2012 9:23:42 AM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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To: GOPJ
ANYTHING black ghetto criminals wear as a fashion statement will become something the rest of us recoil from...

Hoodies are standard and practical winter attire in northern flyover country. They ain't going anywhere.
36 posted on 03/23/2012 9:27:19 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Beaten Valve

This sounds like the equivalent of saying a rape victim “asked for it” by wearing something that might provoke a violent and perverted misogynist.


37 posted on 03/23/2012 9:28:23 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Beaten Valve
Trayvon was unarmed save his box of skittles.

Ir is too bad he didn't offer him some skittles.

No one black, brown or white can honestly tell me that seeing a kid of color with a hood pulled over his head doesn’t generate a certain reaction, sometimes scorn, often menace.

The first few seconds of an initial encounter between two people who are strangers are driven by instinctive reactions: the fight, flight, or fright response. Each person makes unconscious unthinking appraisals that center around their safety.The animal instinct for survival makes one super alert at a subconscious level on first contact, and for a split second, as the body enters a heightened state of awareness, a mental shield goes up to protect it.

38 posted on 03/23/2012 9:28:45 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Beaten Valve

Geraldo’s one redeeming virtue is that he is the one person in the multiverse that is more vapid and clueless than the Cretin-in-Chief.


39 posted on 03/23/2012 9:30:03 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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Let us not BS ourselves or allow others to do it.

Hoodies are worn up over their heads to conceal their identities to those who might have an interest in it.

Robbers, thugs, thieves and assassins have been doing it since the advent of clothing.

What you see regularly is no different. It is blatant anti-social behavior and skulking.

Remember, there is a “hood” in “hoodie.”


40 posted on 03/23/2012 9:32:26 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (End the War On Drugs, Restore the Constitution.)
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To: Retired Chemist
That is exactly why they wear them, to help hide their face from security cameras.
41 posted on 03/23/2012 9:33:03 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: dfwgator

Yeah, I hate to agree with Geraldo, but I think what he is saying is: “if you dress like a thug, people might think you are a thug, even if you’re only trying to be “cool”.” Sad situation that.


42 posted on 03/23/2012 9:34:14 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Hulka

I don’t think we are wrong in assuming that it would have been the right thing to do. Not too long ago there was a knock on our front door, and it was a police officer with my son and his friend. They were walking home from school and thought someone was following them. They called 911 and the police officer brought them home.

I thought that maybe Treyvon could have done the same thing. I wonder how much a culturally-motivated distrust of law enforcement prevented him from doing that.


43 posted on 03/23/2012 9:35:02 AM PDT by Ironfocus (Unseat the Looter-in-Chief)
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To: ne1410s

Here comes his buddy Jose Baez to represent the family.


44 posted on 03/23/2012 9:37:11 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Beaten Valve
Geraldo Rivera: Trayvon Martin Would Be Alive but for His Hoodie

Geraldo-the-Whore makes streetwalkers look like nuns.

45 posted on 03/23/2012 9:41:12 AM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks - I’ve lived in Florida too long - totally missed winter this year. The Gulf of Mexico didn’t cool off much either - a bad sign for summer Hurricanes.

On the ‘hoodie thing - isn’t part of it ‘how’ it’s worn? Men wear pants too - but usually not hanging down around the ankles. Hoodie - slouched over - ghetto shuffle... there is ‘a look’.


46 posted on 03/23/2012 9:43:27 AM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: Beaten Valve

Trayvon would be alive if he had not jumped Zimmerman. Hoodies don’t have anything to do with it.

No matter what Zimmerman did, right or wrong, Trayvon had the option of NOT fighting with him. Choosing that option would have left the little (6’2”) moron alive.

Likewise, if Zimmerman had left Trayvon alone, he wouldn’t be facing bankruptcy from lawyer fees.


47 posted on 03/23/2012 9:43:57 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Beaten Valve
Geraldo, put on a hoodie and go wandering around the ghetto at night and prove it!!!

The morgue is short of customers!

48 posted on 03/23/2012 9:45:19 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: GOPJ

I almost never wear the hood up unless its windy and I’m outside for a while. I usually wear my black (Non Raiders) baseball cap.


49 posted on 03/23/2012 9:48:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Da Coyote
Geraldo’s one redeeming virtue is that he is the one person in the multiverse that is more vapid and clueless than the Cretin-in-Chief.

It was quite a feat to achieve this title, what with Jimmuh Catah and Maxine Waters in the running.

50 posted on 03/23/2012 9:53:30 AM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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