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: