Discussing a series of brutal murders in Chicago on Fox and Friends Friday morning, Geraldo Rivera seized the opportunity to try to vindicate his outrage-sparking assessment that unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was killed because he was wearing a hoodie.
Rivera, who said at the height of the Martin story, “The hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was,” criticized black leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for not being equally angry about the high homicide rate in inner city neighborhoods. When asked to discuss the Chicago homicides, Rivera responded:
I was right about the hoodie wasn’t I? I hate to brag, but I got criticized by every pundit in America when I said Trayvon Martin would be alive today but for the fact that he was wearing thug wear – he was wearing the hoodie. Turns out now that we look at George Zimmerman’s interviews with the police; he didn’t profile Trayvon Martin because he was black, he profiled him because he was wearing a hoodie.
Rivera’s original comment was met with widespread disgust, even from his own son. Public figures, including Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and the Miami Heat basketball players responded by wearing hoodies in solidarity with the slain teenager.