It must be tough when you know that your obituary is going to feature one of the all-time screw-ups in television history. I doubt that Geraldo Rivera’s comment on the Trayvon Martin killing was intended to erase memories of his Al Capone caper, but it does contribute to an embarrassing oeuvre. According to Slate.com, Rivera observed on today’s Fox and Friends that the 17-year old’s “hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”
He went on to say that every time one watches a tape of a crime, “it’s a kid wearing a hoodie.” He may have a point. Ever since the repeated publishing of mass murderer (alleged, that is) Whitey Bulger wearing a Red Sox hat, you never see anyone wearing one anymore. I have blissfully walked around wearing a hooded sweatshirt, never suspecting that this could result in someone stalking and killing me.
I wonder if Rivera thinks that Trayvon Martin’s race was as much a factor in his killing as his attire.