Geraldo’s Point

Thomas Sowell, Creators, March 26, 2012

It is not often that I agree with Geraldo Rivera, but recently he said something very practical and potentially life-saving, when he urged black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies.

There is no point in dressing like a hoodlum when you are not a hoodlum, even though that has become a fashion for some minority youths, including the teenager who was shot and killed in a confrontation in Florida. I don’t know the whole story of that tragedy, any more than those who are making loud noises in the media do, but that is something that we have trials for.

People have a right to dress any way they want to, but exercising that right is something that requires common sense, and common sense is something that parents should have, even if their children don’t always have it.


The man who shot the black teenager in Florida may be as guilty as sin, for all I know—or he may be innocent, for all I know. We pay taxes so that there can be judges and jurors who sort out the facts. We do not need Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton or the President of the United States spouting off before the trial has even begun. Have we forgotten the media’s rush to judgment in the Duke University “rape” case that blew up completely when the facts came out?

If the facts show that a teenager who was no threat to anyone was shot and killed, it will be time to call for the death penalty.

But if the facts show that the shooter was innocent, then it will be time to call for people in the media and in politics to keep their big mouths shut until they know what they are talking about.

Playing with racial polarization is playing with fire.

Much has been made of the fact that the teenager was unarmed. The only time I have ever pointed a loaded gun at a human being, I had no idea whether he was armed or not. All I knew was that I could hear his footsteps sneaking up behind me at night.

Fortunately for both of us, he froze in his tracks when I pointed a gun at him. If he had made a false move, I would have shot him. And if it had turned out later that he was unarmed, I would not have lost a moment’s sleep over it.

You know that someone was unarmed only after it is all over. If he attacks, you have to shoot, if only to keep the attacker from getting your gun.

It so happened that the man I pointed a gun at was white. But he could have been any color of the rainbow, and it would not have made the slightest difference.

Let the specific facts come out in the Florida case. That is why we have courts.


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  • I agree with Geraldo. It is no secret that the hoodie is what drew Zimmerman to Treyvon Martin. He looked like he did not belong in that neighborhood. I can guarantee if Treyvon had been wearing a suit and tie, he would be alive today.

  • ageofknowledge

    Never did understand the “hoodie.” You can’t see people who want to hurt, kill, and/or rob you from sneaking up.

    A watchman’s cap does the job giving you a full range of sight. Here, see for yourself:

    But then the people wearing “hoodies” aren’t exactly the sharpest tools in the shed if you get my meaning.

    • The_Bobster

      Even OJ wore a watch cap while committing the deed.

    • tacheles

      It’s a crime tool. It shields the identity just short of wearing a mask. Neighborhood hoodlooms wear hoods. Or for short: ‘hood hoods wear hoods.

      It’s telling that the perverted left is now glorifying a crime tool.

    • Maybe Mr. Martin’s role model was Robin Hood.

  • Why try ascertaining the facts when there are racial politics to exploit. Of course all the yapping is coming from the same people who claimed there was “rush to jugdement” in the OJ Simpson case.

  • Something Sowell should have mentioned in his gun narrative is the 21-foot rule. That’s how far an assailant with average speed can run from a standing start in less than two seconds — the time it takes to unholster a gun. So within that space someone carrying a knife, tire iron or similar weapon actually has the advantage over someone whose gun is  not already in his hand. That makes it all the more imperative to shoot at the first false move, as Sowell said he would have.

    As for hoodies, that’s the fashion equivalent of a gang sign. The wearer is announcing to the world, “I am a thug!” If you don’t want to be treated like a thug, don’t dress (or act) like a thug.

  • Xanthippe2

    I am so glad Thomas Sowell said something sensible.  Goodness knows Whites never do.  Gosh, those Blacks and other non-Whites will save us yet.  Thanks you Creators for finding a Black to quote.
    [This is sarcasm.  The point being that even when, rarely, a needed point is made in the media, a non-White is found to make it.  People might think this “looks better.”   However Blacks (by and large) don’t read Sowell.  In addition, Whites would overcome their guilt more by hearing Whites echo their views, not non-Whites.  (Which is why the media prevents it.)]

  • anonymous_amren

    Trayvon Martin’s twitter account:!/NO_LIMIT
    is his real twitter account. You can tell because: on the 5th of
    February he talks about his birthday, he uses his nickname “slimm”, and
    he talks to    who later changed their name and pic to “R.I.P. Tray”.
    His Facebook account:

  • WhitesRdumb

    If a white woman dresses aluring and provacative, and she gets raped by a black man, she is the one at fault and the black man will get off. If a black an dresses like a thug and he gets shot, it’s the other persons fault. Double standard? You bet. Thats what makes America the crap hole it is today.

  • The_Bobster

    Trayvon, Blue Ivy…we be trademarking our ridiculous Bantu names, like we be worf somethin’ some day.

  • The_Bobster
  • I love Lawrence Auster’s comment on that:

    At Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, the Rev. Charles Adams approached the pulpit with iced tea and Skittles. [LA
    replies: Here we see the beginning of a new, Trayvian religion with its
    own eucharistic service: “For on the night in which he was tracked down
    and shot dead by a white racist, Trayvon took skittles, and, after he
    had given thanks, handed them out and said, ‘Yo! This is my sorry ass
    that I’m giving for you. Think about me when you do this.'”]

  • Impertinent

    “The young women like the thug look and that’s what they go for.”

    Until the real motives come into play!!

  • Impertinent

    It’s cause they all look like this:

  • Impertinent

    Is this “menacing” enough for the nonbelievers? Or is this just a “fashion” statement?