Over on FOX News, Geraldo Rivera was pontificating on the case of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager who was killed a couple of weeks back (February 26, 2012). Geraldo offered what he referred to as a "different take" on the story. Trayvon was gunned down by a neighborhood watch vigilante wackjob named George Zimmerman because he "looked suspicious." Geraldo's take encroaches on the unbelievable, suggesting that the innocent teenager's clothes were as responsible for his senseless murder as was the murderer himself. Sort of like saying the girl deserved to be violently raped because her clothes were too sexy. Take a moment to watch and listen.
I've worn hoodies for years; still do. I have one with a Stanford logo on the front. That logo probably makes me particularly suspicious because, you see, I didn't go to Stanford. The shirt was a gift from my wife's cousin who did go to Stanford. I also have one with the word CANADA written across the back and a maple leaf on the front. Nothing says "I'm packing heat" like a Canadian hoodie from The Bay, I suppose. In Geraldo's world, that is.
He also mentions the pants around the ankles as suggestions of a violent lifestyle. Come on! Pants around the ankles do two things; they make you look stupid and they slow you down, making your getaway difficult should you decide to commit some hypothetical crime. Mostly they just make you look stupid.
But I digress . . . maybe we shouldn't be blaming the hoodie but the insanity of allowing some armed trigger happy madmen to patrol the streets looking for some action. Maybe we need to put the damn guns away.
For the record, I have a 4 year old son and a 7 year old son, and I let them both wear hoodies.