Geraldo Rivera took a public relations beating when he suggested that Trayvon Martin’s hoodie might have contributed to his shooting. “His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman,” Rivera tweeted in 2012. “Trayvon killed by a jerk with a gun, but black and Latino parents have to drill into kids heads: a hoodie is like a sign: shoot or stop and frisk me.”

Rivera eventually apologized to Martin’s parents for his comments, much as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did after admitting he crosses the street “if I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night.” CBS News’ Mark Knoller even took some heat for referring to the hoodie as “the Unabomber look.”

Now Rivera reflects on his (and Cuban’s) hoodie comments as “painfully honest.” What does the public think? Has Geraldo been redeemed?

On the other hand:


‘You’re trying to make this about a hoodie’: Mark Cuban defends ‘we all have our prejudices’ comments

Ebony editor defends hoodie covers, says racial profiling ‘root’ of Zimmerman case

Ludicrous: Van Jones posts image of Martin Luther King Jr. in a hoodie

‘Million Hoodie March’ for Trayvon Martin attracts Jamie Foxx

Red Hot Chili Peppers wear Trayvon hoodies at concert

Bobby Rush booted from House floor for wearing hoodie

NY senators wear hoodies in support of Trayvon

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