Saturday, March 24, 2012
Apparently... Hoodies Are Dangerous!
Geraldo Rivera provides an alternative explanation for racial profiling and discrimination, and some parenting advice. Hoodies.
I own a few hoodies, but I guess if I go with Rivera's comments, I'm not subject to being shot because I'm not black? Rivera states, "I am urging the parents of black and latino youngsters particularly not to let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as much as George Zimmerman was..."
ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW...?
First of all, Rivera says the hoodie is just as responsible as Zimmerman because the hoodie is associated with violence, criminal and gang related activities and so on.
Let's be real. Were black people tortured, lynched, burned, killed and enslaved because they wore hoodies?
I swear it was because of hegemony, power-based violence, racism, discrimination, prejudice... need I go on?
I understand partially of what Rivera is saying. I mean, many people may look at a black or latino man with a hoodie and get feelings of suspicion. But IT IS NOT BECAUSE OF THE HOODIE.
Geraldo is not only classifying the hoodie as the reason for violence, but he also shows WHO wears the hoodie that is dangerous. Let's face it, if I was wearing one, I wouldn't be subject to Zimmerman targeting me. It is about who is wearing it--- a black or latino male.
Doesn't this sound a lot like subjecting someone to hate crimes and tortures because they wear a burqa or a turbin because in ignorant people's minds, they're apparently associated with 9/11?
Doesn't this sound a lot like the Toronto Police Officer who held a presentation at York University claiming that if women didn't want to get raped, they should stop dressing like sluts?
Why is it that people dressing a certain way subjects them to violence and discrimination and why should people stop dressing the way they want because people like Zimmerman are narrow-minded and ignorant?
Why should we change the way we dress, speak, walk, and LIVE to the likeness of people like Zimmerman?
Is Rivera saying that if Martin was wearing a dress shirt that he wouldn't have been shot?
What if he was wearing a dress shirt and holding a knife versus a hoodie and holding a pack of Skittles?
Hoodies aren't representative of criminals, hoodies are representative of the ignorant minds that believe all hoodie-wearing black and latino teens are criminals. Ignorant minds including Geraldo Rivera.
Blaming the hoodie takes blame away from people like Zimmerman... the trigger-happy, power tripping, cop wannabe.
It is also an issue of who belongs where. Perhaps Zimmerman believed Martin didn't belong in his community. In addition, it is that Zimmerman felt the threat of black masculinity, and classified black men as a danger to his own.
Geraldo Rivera claimed that after he made those comments, his own son told him he was ashamed of him and his comments. If the media outrage wasn't a clue, perhaps your own son being ashamed of you is.
Geraldo is saying "don't let your children wear hoodies", instead of saying, "don't be racist".
There is a big difference.
WE DONT NEED TO CHANGE OUR CLOTHES
WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK