Geraldo Rivera has once again weighed in on the Trayvon Martin situation with unabashed ignorance, this time commenting on the recently-leaked surveillance video of Martin at a convenience store moments before his infamous altercation with George Zimmerman.
Speaking with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News, Rivera claimed the video shows that Trayvon Martin was “dressed in thug wear,” thus substantiating his previous comments on the matter.
“‘I think what’s far more significant is what Trayvon Martin looked like on that night, Bill,’ he said to FOX News host Bill O’Reilly. ‘Aside from the fact that he’s dressed in that thug wear — look at the size of him, he’s not a little kid.
‘If this young man was a stranger to George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin looks just like the people who had been burglarizing and victimizing that neighborhood for the last six months,’ Rivera continued.”
Even the ever-controversial Bill O’Reilly had to take issue with Rivera’s sentiments, countering that Zimmerman is clearly guilty of racially profiling Trayvon Martin. But Rivera was unconvinced, explaining that “it was not ‘profiling,’ but assumptions made ‘based on a reasonable comparison.'”
In case you forgot, Rivera’s previous comments on the matter went a little something like this:
“‘I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was. You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangsta — you’re going to be a gangsta wannabe, well people are going to perceive you as a menace. That’s what happens. It is an instant, reflexive action.’
‘When you see a Black or Latino, particularly on the street, you walk to the other side of the street to avoid that confrontation. Trayvon Martin, God bless him, an innocent kid, a wonderful kid, a box of Skittles in his hand, he didn’t deserve to die, but I’ll bet you money that if he didn’t have that hoodie on that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way.’”
Is Geraldo Rivera trying to become our nation’s most visible, outspoken proponent of racial profiling? Because if so, he’s succeeding wildly.
Why are people like Geraldo Rivera so intent on blaming Trayvon Martin for his own death?
Is it ever okay to racial profile someone?
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