Geraldo Rivera Defends Hoodie Remark By Stereotyping Blacks, Latinos

Geraldo Rivera dedicated most of his live radio programs on Monday to the Trayvon Martin story, and defended his remarks that Trayvon’s decision to wear a hoodie contributed to his shooting by George Zimmerman. “I didn’t say the hoodie specifically was a menace, I said the circumstances were menacing,” Geraldo explained to Juan Williams, who was a guest on Geraldo’s live New York broadcast. But after initially seeming to walk back his inflammatory statement, Geraldo then proceeded doubled down on his hoodie remarks. “You see a black or Latino kid and they’ve got their hoodies pulled over them so that you can’t see their expressions. What are you thinking? You’re not thinking high style, you’re thinking trouble,” said Geraldo to a caller who disagreed with him.