Geraldo Rivera Uses Chicago Murder Spike to Say He ‘Was Right About the Hoodie’
- Posted on July 13, 2012 at 1:42pm by Madeleine Morgenstern
Fox News host Geraldo Rivera on Friday used Chicago‘s soaring murder rate to say he was right earlier this year in saying Trayvon Martin’s shooting death could be traced back to the teen’s hoodie.
“I was right about the hoodie, wasn’t I?” Rivera on “Fox & Friends.” “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.”
He continued, “Turns out now 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, was a strange kid, didn’t recognize him, wearing the same garb that had been worn by previous perpetrators of house break-ins in his community.”
Rivera was widely criticized for his comments in March, ultimately apologizing to Martin’s parents for them.
According to the Associated Press, murders in Chicago are up 38 percent from last year, part of escalating gang warfare. Rivera slammed the NAACP and the Rev. Al Sharpton for being so vocal about Martin’s death while ignoring the carnage.
“Where is that same feeling of concern in Chicago where 275 African-American kids have killed each other this year alone,” Rivera demanded. “Where is Jesse Jackson? It’s his home town. Where is Al Sharpton? Where is the protest? Where is the concern?”