Unlike rappers who only support a cause if there is something financially in it for them, LeBron James and the rest of the Miami Heat team showed their full support for Trayvon Martin by wearing grey hoodies in a group photo. LeBron uploaded the photo to Twitter.com today with the hashtags: “#WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice”.
17-year-old Trayvon was unarmed and carrying a bag of Skittles candy when he was ambushed and gunned down by a racist neighborhood watch captain as he walked home from a corner store in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26th.
Meanwhile, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera fanned the flames of controversy when he advised black and Hispanic parents not to let their sons leave home wearing hoodies.
Rivera denied that he was “blaming the victim” and called it “common sense” for minorities to avoid wearing hoodies. He said that he was “reminding minority parents of the risk that comes with being a kid of color in America,” according to the Huffington Post.
Speaking to guest host Juliet Huddy, Rivera said that he believed George Zimmerman should be “investigated to the fullest extent of the law” and “prosecuted” if criminally liable, but blamed Martin’s parents for letting him go outside wearing a hoodie.
from the Huffington Post:
“When you, when you see a kid walking — Juliet — when you see a kid walking down the street, particularly a dark skinned kid like my son Cruz, who I constantly yelled at when he was going out wearing a damn hoodie or those pants around his ankles. Take that hood off, people look at you and they — what do they think? What’s the instant identification, what’s the instant association?”
“Uh-oh,” remarked Doocy, who nodded in agreement.
Rivera argued that avoiding certain types of attire was a necessary deterrent against racial profiling. “It’s those crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone sticking up a 7-11, the kid is wearing a hoodie,” Rivera said. “You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangster, you’re gonna be a gangster wannabe? Well, people are gonna perceive you as a menace.”
He stressed that Martin was an “innocent” and “wonderful” kid who “didn’t deserve to die.” However, he reiterated, “I’ll bet you money, if he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way.”