Last week, Geraldo Rivera said something stupid even by Geraldo Rivera standards. I don’t want to be accused of “mischaracterizing” his words, so here’s what he said:
Speaking on Friday’s “Fox and Friends,” Rivera said, “”I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”…
Rivera argued that avoiding certain types of attire was a necessary deterrent against racial profiling. “It’s those crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone sticking up a 7-11, the kid is wearing a hoodie,” Rivera said. “You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangster, you’re gonna be a gangster wannabe? Well, people are gonna perceive you as a menace.”
So, white kids get to wear hoodies without being racially profiled while black kids are stylizing themselves as gangsters if they wear one? Great. That’s fair. I have a Harvard hoodie — am I asking to be racially profiled as a 7-11 stick-up boy when I go out with Harvard emblazoned across my chest?
Sorry, you know what I’m doing? I’m getting into an argument with Geraldo Rivera. Arguing with Geraldo is like trying to convince your dog to stop licking its butt; it hears you, but it doesn’t understand your concerns about propriety.
Students at Harvard Law and Yale Law had a more effective response to all the people who think wearing a hoodie makes you look like a criminal. Tell me if these kids would scare you into gunning them down in the middle of the street….
Here’s the Harvard Law response:
I particularly like the girl in the striped hoodie who is trying to look so hard. I tried to take my own “gangsta” hoodie photo, but I just ended up looking constipated. But I put on a sweater vest before leaving my house to take out my trash, because you never know when I’ll induce some other person into racially profiling me.
Yale Law School had a similar response…