Trayvon Martin Would Be Alive but for His Hoodie

Geraldo Rivera, Fox News, March 23, 2012


His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman did.

Remember when my friend and colleague the estimable Juan Williams got fired from NPR for saying that Muslims formally garbed freaked him out at airports? Juan is among America’s sharpest commentators. He wasn’t justifying his reaction, he was copping to it. Maybe shock therapy or a semester of sensitivity training could change it, otherwise it is what it is.

No one black, brown or white can honestly tell me that seeing a kid of color with a hood pulled over his head doesn’t generate a certain reaction, sometimes scorn, often menace.

When you see that kid coming your way, unless you specifically recognize him you are thinking ghetto or ghetto wannabe high-style or low-brow wise-ass. Pedestrians cross the street to avoid black or brown hoodie wearers coming their way.

Because this is a teachable moment let me speak plainly.

Whatever Reverends Sharpton and Jackson say in Florida Friday, after listening to the 911 tapes and hearing the witness’ testimonials, I believe Trayvon Martin would be alive today but for his hoodie.

I want the feds to thoroughly investigate and prosecute vigorously if the evidence warrants. But understanding the wrath currently focused on George Zimmerman and the police chief and the town council and the gun sellers and everyone else, I am begging parents of kids in Trayvon’s vulnerable demographic to heed my politically incorrect approach to this story.

If you dress like a hoodlum eventually some schmuck is going to take you at your word.


{snip} Trayvon was unarmed save his box of skittles. But his hoodie gave his assailant cause to think him the enemy.

Maybe his specific encounter with an over-zealous, gun-toting, blood-lusting neighborhood-watch captain was less predictable than usual, but not by much.

I am begging parents to unbait the trap. Don’t let your child provoke madness. Agonize all you want about the unfairness of stereotypes. Argue how it amounts to a million, million little cuts of racial profiling. Work to change the world. Rail against the inequities of life; but don’t let your child go out into the hard cruel world wearing a costume that is really a sign that says ‘shoot me.’


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  • It’s just Geraldo being Geraldo. That is to say, always sticking up for the swarthy of skin, be they right or wrong, apparently because half of him is Puerto Rican. Geraldo gets very tiresome with his self-righteous preaching. However, I will have to say he’s right about the “hoodies.” Because so many of the young people who wear them are, to resurrect a word from my youth, “hoods.” That’s short for “hoodlum,” for anyone who isn’t familiar with it, and believe me, it’s not a complimentary word.

    Look at the surveillance video from any convenient store hold-up, and five’ll get you ten that the perpetrator is black and wearing a hoodie. I guess it’s assumed among the dark and unwashed that they offer a certain amount of anonymity, short of actually wearing a mask. I could cite other examples, but you get the picture.

  • anmpr1

    “Trayvon was unarmed save his box of skittles. But his hoodie gave his assailant cause to think him the enemy.”

    No.  It was probably the fact that the guy in the hoodie was savagely attacking a guy with a concealed weapons permit in a state that has a Castle Doctrine.  But let’s not fool ourselves.  This is not about Trayvonious (or whatever his name it).  It is about setting a precedent for removing the legal ability of non-blacks to protect themselves against black violence.

    If concealed carry and the Castle Doctrine are denied, whites are sitting ducks.  In fact, the only thing that will stop black (or other) violence, is enough counteracting force to stop the attacker.  Often this will mean deadly force.

    •  Some form of “castle doctrine” and “stand your ground” law (the latter would apply in this case) now exists in 30 states. Most were enacted after Florida did so in 2005. In almost every state, the laws were passed over the stuck-pig squealing  of the Nazis Appearing As Colored People (NAACP), the entire legislative black caucus and the other liberal suspects. Even though black victims are equally justified in using deadly force in legitimate self-defense, the unanimous black opposition to these laws tells you all you need to know about who the violent criminals are, and who their victims are.

      • That’s why, whenever a Crip and Blood shoot each other dead, the Bantu community, will call for gun control, hold candlelight vigils, and demand programs for “urban youth”. They’ll NEVER attack each other over it. Why do you think Tupac Shakur’s killer is still out there? Somebody knows who did it, but they won’t say.

        Bantus know deep down inside, that it’s their people committing the vast majority of  murders, rapes, robberies and carjackings out there, in every state. They know that Caucasians know it too. That’s why they have more excuses for Bantu criminal behavior, than the Sahara Desert has grains of sand.

        Institutionalized white racism. Whitey had it coming. Whitey owes them. Legacy of slavery. Lack of hope in the ghetto. Lack of economic opportunity in the ghetto. Lack of jobs in the ghetto. No programs after school for Bantu youth. Poverty. Drugs. Alcohol. Lack of self-esteem. Lack of education. Lack of Bantu role models in the media. Low expectations. Other races stereotype them. Other races don’t love them . Other races don’t understand or respect them. Hanging with the “wrong crowd”. The criminal justice system is unfair. Need for “street cred”. Need to do something big. Need to feel important. Need to break the vicious cycle. They couldn’t help themselves. The victim deserved it. They were looked at “funny”. They were “disrespected”. Their boy/girlfriend was “disrespected”. The people they were with controlled their minds. The devil made them do it. It wasn’t their fault.

        Get the idea?

  • joewest666

    If I see a urban youth come into the quickie mart with a hoodie on…pulled tight head down shuffling into the store you’re damn right I am assuming the worst until he proves me wrong.

    Just like the joke about the woman wearing the uniform of a whore.. if you dress like a thug you will be taken as such until I determine different.

    Deal with it.

    • The_Bobster

      Why would anyone wear a hoodie on a hot Florida day? The same reason OJ wore a watch cap.

    • A lot of stores require you to remove face-concealing head wear before entering, for that reason.

    • Detroit_WASP

      If I owned a store or gas station I would have a sign on the door that says, “REMOVE YOUR HOOD AND SUN GLASSES, LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SECURITY CAMERA OR YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED THROUGH THE DOOR. 

  • radical7

    Geraldo Rivera is an idiot.

  • MekongDelta69

    Jerry Rivers is 1/2 Puerto Rican and 1/2 Jewish and he’s ALWAYS had a ‘thing’ against whites. (The other thing for which you can always count on Jerry is to be on the air when someone dies.) FNC hired him a while after 9/11. For about a year, he almost pretended to be a ‘conservative,’ but Jerry is Jerry and he eventually reverted back to his Willowbrook days.

    And, as everybody knows by now, Zimmerman is Spanish (or whatever PC word OTHER people use). He’s NOT white. That was a big disappointment to the left after screaming, “He’s white, white, white” for a few days. I haven’t heard anyone in the MSM screaming, He’s brown, brown, brown” lately. Have you?

    Of course not. They’re between a rock and a hard place. The NAACP, Sharpton, Jackson, Farrakhan, etc., etc. against La Raza, MecHa, LULAC, etc., etc. What’s an idiotic white leftist to do?!

    • (The other thing for which you can always count on Jerry is to be on the air when someone dies.)


    • SheikYerbouti

      “The NAACP, Sharpton, Jackson, Farrakhan, etc., etc. against La Raza, MecHa, LULAC, etc., etc. ”
      You bring up a VERY good point here.  Where ARE the Hispanics in all of this?  Don’t they know the Black Panthers (for peace) have issued a wanted poster for their boy?  It says Dead or Alive!   No wonder the blacks are trying to keep this focused on whites, they know they have NO chance against the Hispanics.  Hispanics don’t have an ounce of white guilt to be exploited.
      But why are they so silent on this?

      • MekongDelta69

        Because their common (as drummed into them by leftists) ‘enemy’ are whites. In a way, they’re trying to make a deal with the devil. They know they’re growing at a much faster rate than blacks and (possibly with Muslims) might take over this once great country some day. THEN they will let loose their wrath on blacks, without (as you mentioned) any ‘white guilt’ whatsoever. They will have climbed to the top of the racial spoils pack.

        But in the meantime, they’ve made common ground with blacks, just as we did with Russia during WWII against Germany and Japan. And you know how ‘well’ THAT turned out.

      • Because the MSM declared Zimmerman to be White, which conveniently absolves the La Razas from having to get involved in this sticky situation. Moreover, he does not have a Hispanic last name, which would readily identify him as being Hispanic. Consequently, the La Razas can tend to more important matters, like “advocacy” efforts on behalf of millions of illegal invading Mexicans, in their efforts to carry out reconquista.
        Besides, the last thing the La Razas want to do is alienate a collaborator in their efforts to displace White Americans, given the “victim” was black.

  • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

    And a RED hoodie says you’re a member of the Crips gang. 

    •  Actually the Crips wear blue and the Bloods (for obvious reasons) wear red. Several years ago a young boy in LA was shot dead by a Bloods gangbanger for wearing a Kansas City Royals cap — it’s blue and has a “C” on it, so under gangbanger “logic” the kid was a Crips wannabe.

      • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

         We’ll I’m not embarrassed that I had that backwards.

  • PlayingRootsBackwards1

    Has anyone heard why that cheerful, good boy, honor student was suspended from school? The only thing I’ve heard about it is that his family’s lawyer had gotten his school records sealed. That makes me wonder if they are trying to hide the same kinds of things that are in MLK’s FBI file and Obama’s colllege records. Black folks sure are a secretive bunch.

    • redfeathers

      I heard for being late.  Quite a suspension for being late.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Nonsense.  Suspended for being late?   You’d have to suspend reality to believe that!  

        Schools nationwide are under tremendous pressure NOT to suspend black or brown students for ANY reason whatsoever.  I have never known students to be suspended for tardies.

        More likely, from the way schools are run now, he had another  student on the ground and was bashing in his face and head with his fists OR  (more likely) he was stomping on another kid’s head with his entire body weight — something “unarmed” blacks are known to do.  The victim must have been truly injured for Sir Skittles to merit a five (or 10 depending on source) day suspension.  

        That and he had a HUGE school “rap sheet” that will be disappeared.


    • Dan Reardon

      It’s being reported now that Trayvon Martin was suspended 10 days for attacking a school bus driver.

  • I believe that the point anmpr1 was making is that even if this wasn’t a case of self-defense – and the gas throwers are certainly claiming that this isn’t – they will still try to use this case to strike down “stand your ground” laws!

    The left utterly hate the idea of white people being able to defend themselves.  How dare we try to stop the black man from getting his 40 acres and a mule – even if it’s one wallet or one flat-screen at a time!

  • The_Bobster

    The thug could’ve avoided getting shot if he followed Chris Rock’s advice:

    • haroldcrews

      Hilarious.  That video has good advice for everyone.

  • DelmarJackson

    I have a lot of respect for people involved in neighborhood crime watch, too may people don’t care to get involved in defending their communities. That being said, Crime watch means watch, not get out of your car and let yourself get involved in a fight leading to a gunshot death.
     Too many people with guns let the guns make the person act in a way that they would not normally do if they were not carrying a gun.
     I also think too many people are prejudging Zimmerman as I bet the screams for help will be shown to be coming from Zimmerman.
     Martin should not have died, Zimmerman should have left martin alone. but the media is making this a hate crime, it is not. The media ignores the massive black on white crime statistics and pretends the real danger is white racists, when most black men die from other black men. Jesse jackson says blacks are under attack. From whom? Where are the crime watches in black neighborhoods to protect from white criminals?
     Finally, the media says Zimmerman is white not hispanic, but if a white man shot Zimmerman the media would say a white man shot a hispanic.

    • Too many people with guns let the guns make the person act in a way that
      they would not normally do if they were not carrying a gun.

      That’s true for me.  I learned how to be a good coward.  I’m not being glib, either.

    • Detroit_WASP

      All true.  I legally carry a gun and have been for ten years.  I have to go into some pretty bad places as part of my work.  I shoot on a league and belong to the NRA and was a grunt in the military.  I think my lack of fear lets the youths know that I am armed and not to F with me.
      Youths understand strength… and respect it.  

      • DT, a couple of days after the shooting was publicized, I went to work, dressed in a black shirt and slacks; and wore a thin camo jacket. One other thing. I too, am a life member of the NRA and wore my black and gold NRA shooter’s cap. on the subway and bus, (I ride both to work). No one- Caucasian, Bantu or Hispanic made any eye-contact  with me- whatsoever.

        It felt good.

  • ajweberman

    I met this half Jewish half Puerto Rican  dude at John at Yoko’s pad. I sold him pot. He identifies with Zimmerman. He is scum now. Simple as that

  • The_Bobster

    The CDC does not keep individual stats but the most common cause of death for blacks Martin’s age is a combination of being killed by their intended victim and being killed as a victim of another black.


    Here are the stats. The media call them “hate facts”.

  •  Several years ago I read an article stating fully 25% of all black males in their 20s are convicted criminals — either in jail, on probation or on parole. That, I realized, was the bad news. The worse news was that the other 75% haven’t been caught yet.

  • sbuffalonative

    I agree. Zimmermans’ actions played right into the hands of blacks and caused irreparable harm that we’ll be paying for with more ‘anti-hate’ laws. He gave the world another black martyr who blacks will exploit to gain even more power. 

    As white race realists, the only thing we should concern ourselves with is stressing that Mr. Zimmerman has been identified by his family as HISPANIC. In our discussion with others, we should be asking why the police and the media identified him as white instead of HISPANIC.

  • TheCogitator

    Where is the evidence that Zimmerman attacked Martin?

    The only people who know for sure what happened are Zimmerman and Martin, and Martin will not be talking. But since everyone seems to be weighing in on this, please allow me to speculate on what happened.

    Zimmerman was a want-to-be cop. He lived in a neighborhood that was having crime problems. Given his desire to be a cop, Zimmerman saw it as his duty to confront those who aroused his suspicions. Martin with his hood looked the part of a thug. Zimmerman probably approached Martin and asked him questions, and Martin likely took offense and responded violently. A question that does not seem to be asked is why couldn’t Martin have said that his father lived there and that Zimmerman could follow him to his father’s place?

    If as I suspect Martin attacked Zimmerman and got the best of him, Zimmerman panicked and used his gun to defend himself.

    The news media has played this to the hilt showing a picture of Martin as a young looking kid rather than a six-foot-two-inch guy who may have been more of a physical presence than the youthful picture portrays.

    If Zimmerman had not been a want-to-be cop, and Martin was not ready to go violent if things were not as he liked, this whole thing would never have happened. But we live in a world that loves to make a big deal whenever something bad happens to a black, while ignoring black violence against whites. Numerous examples of black violence have been sited here.

  • Christopher_Nelson

    A hoodie?  Rivera is a genius. He solved the riddle.  It was the hoodie.  It had nothing to do with the fact that most violent crimes in America are done by black males. That in that neighborhood they already had 8 break-ins. No, it was the hoodie. It wasn’t common sense.

    Also, is Rivera saying that his own hispanic people are racist towards blacks? That cannot be true, only whites can be rayciss.

    I also want to know why the media ignores the fact that Martin was on top of Zimmerman attacking him.

  • .

    If you haven’t seen this Trayvon Martin FAQ you should check it out. It’s well-documented and it will blow your mind how much fertilizer the MSM is spreading about this incident.

  • Detroit_WASP

    More stupid whites. 

    Geraldo is right. 

    Young black men instructed on how to not to be assaulted by whites/cops!  Can you feel their pain?  

  • anmpr1

    As others have mentioned. Trayvon is essentially a man, physically.  Yet the image the MSM always show is of a young teen, or even a smallish kid.  And his photos seem to be getting younger all the time.  I’m surprised they haven’t dug up an infant picture and accused Zimmerman of being a baby killer. 

    The MSM have an agenda, and it has nothing to do with Trayvon.  He is (was) just a “useful idiot.”  And thanks for the commenter who corrected my misapplication of the Castle Doctrine.  What Zimmerman used was the “stand your ground” doctrine.  The two are similar in intent, but different in context.

    I am a concealed carrier.  From a practical and moral standpoint, one should always avoid areas where blacks congregate, if possible, and never ever go looking for trouble.  Always look for an out, and run if you can.  Remember the sanctity of life.  But if there is no place to hide, and no reasonable escape hatch present, remember and follow the gospel of Tuco from the Good Bad and Ugly: “When you have to shoot, shoot.  Don’t talk.”

  • Timbuc2

    Some one asked what was the best way for pro-White activists to address the Martin-Zimmerman affair.  Which side of this clearly Brown-Black conflict should we take? 

    Clearly our OWN.  The reason why this shooting got blown out of proportion by the media, whipping up the usual hysterical response by the Negro community is that everyone thought George Zimmerman was White rather than Latino.  Every single pro-White activist needs to spin that fact and spin it heavily to the public.

    Also, Pro-White activists  SHOULD put it out there that, in order to slant the crime statistics so that Negros look far less criminal than Whites, Latinos are routinely classified as Whites by the police and FBI unless they are victims of Whites and then they get labeled as Latino or Hispanic.

    Moreover, it  is obvious to me that the police did not arrest Zimmerman for the simple reason that he had obeyed the 911 dispatcher, stopped following Martin and headed home.  However, Martin then crept up on Zimmerman and attacked him, not realizing Zimmerman was carrying.   If that is the case, the police need to grow a pair and set the record straight rather than cowering before the latest temper tantrum from the Snivel Rights movement.

    However, did anyone else find Geraldo Rivera’s “hoodophobia” defense bizarre as can be and would he have offered it IF George Zimmerman HAD turned out NOT to be half-Jewish, half-Hispanic, but a White Christian of German descent after all? 

    Some how, I don’t think so.  I think Mr. Rivera would have been at the head of The George Zimmerman Lynch Mob, baying for his blood along with Farrakhan, Sharpton, et al. 

    I think that the Trayvon Martin Shooting would not have been an issue at all with ANY one in the media or anywhere else if George Zimmerman had just been named Jorge Zapata. or Zavala.

  • joewest666

     This is correct.. I was in a Bank of America the other day.. 80 degrees out and in walks some black kid ballcap pulled down low, hoodie on drawn tight and he shuffles up to the counter.  I was looking for an exit and or something to duck behind.  The bank manager looked like had a firearm because I saw him open his top drawer and leave it open until this yoot had conducted his business then the bank manager closed the drawer and went back to doing what he was doing.

  • JohnEngelman

    I believe Trayvon Martin would be alive today but for his hoodie.         

    – Geraldo Rivera, Fox News, March 23, 2012

    I believe Trayvon Martin would be alive today if he had not attacked George Zimmerman from behind, pushed him to the ground, and hit him in the face. 

  • saxonsun

    And the best dental care in the nation.

  • Might want to pull your pants up too.

  • Impertinent

    They Think?

  • Some liquor stores post signs prohibiting anyone from entering their store, wearing a mask on Halloween; unless it’s a toddler accompanied by an adult.

  • If they did, the press would probably refuse to interview them. Got to keep on message with the “Innocent young black boy shot to death while minding his own business” game plan until they spark a few riots and get Zimmerman railroaded into prison, you know.

    • redfeathers

      Fox News described Martin as a “beautiful young man” whose future would have been endless.

  • You raise a good point.  Because of the “K-people,” a lot of cities and states have laws against concealing your face in public.

  • Southern__Hoosier

    If Trayvon had not been on a 5 day suspension from school he would have been alive as well.

  • Southern__Hoosier

    “No one black, brown or white can honestly tell me that seeing a kid of
    color with a hood pulled over his head doesn’t generate a certain
    reaction, sometimes scorn, often menace.”

    Isn’t that similar to what Jessie Jackson said when he realized the person walking behind him was White?

  • redfeathers

    Rivera says he is half Jewish, half Puerto Rican.  I don’t know if he’s ever said what his Puerto Rican background is.  But I do know this…he is vehemently anti-white.

  • redfeathers

    I recall Rivera saying he moved from Manhattan to a mansion in NJ after a black man murdered a pregnant white doctor in a Manhattan hospital.

  • Impertinent

    You can always count on black “leaders” to do the right thing…take a stand for law and order and call for their own racists to stand down…NOT!!
    It’s always stoke the fires….kill whitey and burn baby burn.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Juan is among America’s sharpest commentators

    I quit reading here … Trayvon Martin would alive but for the fact that he was a violent criminal who assaulted a man with a CCW and a 9mm.

    Don’t let the facts get in the way of your race pimping, Geraldo.

    I will get irate over this Trayvon Martin incident the minute 0bama pays attention to the white boy set on fire by blacks in Kansas City or the couple in Tulsa that was just shot by a boy that might look like Obama’s son if he had one, or the White kid shot by three blacks in his dorm room yesterday.  The local cops are already calling this “an isolated incident,” refusing to admit that the killers were blacks and “there is no indication others may be in danger.”

    I could list 10 incidents on white on black crime for every one Trayvon Martin incident.

    Why are setting a White child on fire, raping and killing of an 85-year old female and the killing in cold blood of a 21-year old White college in his dorm no big deal?   No soul searching.  No calls for vigilante justice.  No wanted posters for the black killers.  

    Because shooting a whitey is no big deal. Happens all the time.


  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    In LA, baggy pants are used to not only hide weapons but to hide shoplifted cans of spray paint — now most paint is locked up, markers too — making it a huge hassle for those of us (like us ART Teachers) to purchase.  Same with cold medicine – have to show ID and sign for it at the pharmacy now, the stuff that works, that is!! — but it’s not necessary to show ID to drive if you’re an illegal.

    Gangbangers also shave their heads and wear white t-shirts/baggy blue pants so they are hard to identify “cops said the robber/car jacker/thief  had a shaved head and baggy blue pants!” (and is probably White, LoL).

    It’s always the tats that give these fools away…


  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    So true.  But then I also look at this way:  Hood rats and Sir Skittles types are doing what the government (i.e., the police) let them get away with.  It is the US government NOT cracking down –on   gangbangers, drivers w/o licenses, illegal aliens drug dealers and vicious gang members — on violence directed at White men, women and children.

    The gov-media is making non-White criminals into “victims of White racism,”  — it’s all part of the state showing its muscle — directed against Whites, that is.  I know you know the score.

    It’s further implementation of the strong-arm police state and it WILL get worse if 0bama is re-elcted in Nov.

    Our fate is what Whites are suffering in SA:  “One Bullet, One White Infant!!” 

    Anyone who thinks this isn’t coming our way is either a brain dead fool or has his head in the sand.  When will Whites finally “get it?”  I’m guessing when the government starts exterminating  us — when the bullets, bombs, chemicals and bio warfare are fired at us and the government withholds food (Holomodor in the Ukraine).  Six million were killed then… It will be a lot worse this time.


  • Shawn_thefemale

    1. Geraldo is an idiot.
    2. Atlanta churches held ‘Hoodie Sunday’ yesterday, where they all came to church in hoodies, even the Pastors (term used loosely), most carrying Skittles,  to ‘celebrate’ the life of this ‘young victim’ and in protest of the ‘murderer’.
    3. I wish I owned stock in Skittles and/or hoodies.
    4. Geraldo is an idiot.

  • ageofknowledge

    Why should we give any notice whatsoever to the the corporate conglomerate owned mainstream media in this country? Aren’t they but PR outlets for the wealthy elitists trashing our country?