Geraldo Rivera once again had to explain controversial comments of his about Trayvon Martin on his show today. On Friday, Rivera told Bill O’Reilly that in the tape of Martin at 7-Eleven before he was fatally shot, he was wearing a large hoodie, a.k.a. “thug wear.” The Martins’ attorney tore into Rivera for suggesting the shooting was somehow partially the fault of Martin’s choice in apparel, telling Rivera that his comments were completely ridiculous and he was “embarrassing [his] son again” with his statements.
Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, was referring to news made after Rivera’s comments two months ago about Martin’s hoodie, when Rivera revealed that his own son was “ashamed” of what he said.
Crump pointed out to Rivera that Mark Zuckerberg, the head of Facebook and one of the richest men alive, occasionally wears a hoodie, and rhetorically asked if he would ever be stuck in a situation or stereotyped like Martin was. He accused Rivera of basically making an argument equivalent to “rapists who say a women’s skirt is too short is justified.”
Rivera didn’t challenge Crump’s remarks, but instead asked him if the family is going to push for a hate crimes prosecution. Crump didn’t say for certain whether it would be, professing not to want to “try this case in television.” But he then turned back to his criticism of Rivera’s comments.
“You can’t profile people and act on it. It would be one thing if you profile and call the police and let the police deal with it, but you can’t act on it. Because then, you give a license to everybody to say if a black man is walking in his neighborhood, going to the store with his hoodie up, you can shoot him. And you cant do that. It’s wrong anywhere. There’s no justification for that, and the last thing I will say is this, Geraldo. You’re going to –- you’re embarrassing your son again with these statements.”
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