Whatever point Geraldo Rivera was trying to make last year when he blamed Trayvon Martin’s death on his hoodie was scuttled yesterday when he suggested wearing a hooded sweatshirt was the equivalent of flying a pirate flag in front of the Coast Guard. It was a terrible analogy, but Rivera felt vindicated by reports that the George Zimmerman jury believed the hoodie contributed to Zimmerman’s suspicions about Martin, telling Fox News:
I was right about the hoodie, wasn’t I? I hate to brag, but I got criticized by every pundit in America when I said that Trayvon Martin would be alive today but for the fact that he was wearing thug wear. He was wearing the hoodie. Turns out now that we look at George Zimmerman’s interviews with the police. He didn’t profile Trayvon Martin because he was black, he profiled him because he was wearing a hoodie.
It sounds as though Rivera is about to stop nagging people about their wardrobes, after one last warning.
Time to put away the hoodie talk for good?