Geraldo Rivera knows.
When he speaks of his fear for his “darkskinned son, Cruz” going outside wearing a hoodie, we know that he knows.
Knows what? That fear of walking while black. Living while black. Driving while black. Shopping while black. Even though he’s brown, it’s that same fear. Especially for his “dark skinned” son.
No matter how far you think you’ve gone to escape the madness of racial hatred, no matter what you give up in terms of your self respect to placate it; no matter what capitulations you render; no matter if you hand in your race card, or even burn it in a televised segment, you still must bear the burden of white racial hatred madness. We all must bear this burden. White racial hatred madness will find you, no matter where you are. It will seek you out, it will hound you, it will gun for you, it will haunt you.
Geraldo was reminded of this brutal fact when he made the statement:
In his appearance on “Fox and Friends,” Rivera said that he had a “different take” on the case than most other people. He 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.
“But I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies,” Rivera insisted. “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”
Of course a firestorm has erupted with these statements. Over 4,000 comments and counting at the Huffington Post. But we know what Geraldo means. His comment was a gut reaction to that fear. The fear that propels you forward – trying to keep a few steps in front of that demon called White Racial Hatred Madness. WRHM is a stealth ninja, that never backs down. It doesn’t die, it multiplies. I know what Geraldo meant, even though I hate what he said and the fact that his fear compelled him to say it.
Geraldo Rivera knows that it’s not really the hoodie. It’s the hoodie right now. But it could also be (and has been) the sneakers. It could be the Puff jacket, the warm up suit, the Starter Jacket, Cross Colors, Fubu, a poncho, Backward pants, one earring, a bald head, Stacey Adams, a Kufi, Timberlands, a beret, a black leather jacket, a daishiki, a Cadillac, a low rider car, a Zoot Suit, a bandana, a guayabera shirt, an afro hairdo, cornrows, overalls and a straw hat, slicked back hair. It could also be a police uniform, a three piece suit, a cardigan, a pimped out ride.
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