Does Bloomingdales want your child killed?

Maybe so, according to what Geraldo Rivera says:

Speaking on Friday’s “Fox and Friends,” Rivera said, “”I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”

… he maintained that Martin’s hoodie was to blame for his death. He 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.”

Rivera made his original comments to Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocy and guest host Juliet Huddy. 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.

Parents? What about Bloomingdales? Are they really unaware that this young girl could get killed in Florida because of the hoodie:

More seriously, I’m inclined to think this example shows that there’s an important feature that differentiates Rivera’s thought from some other victim blaming.  A lot of victim blaming takes something the victim did that could have contributed to the causation of the crime and uses it to excuse the perpetrator or say the victim has some of the responsibility.  But, the Bloomingdales picture makes fairly clear, the hoodie really didn’t have any role at all that’s independent of the perpetrator,s suspicions..

4 thoughts on “Does Bloomingdales want your child killed?

  1. Not sure how many FP readers are NBA fans, but here is an interesting reaction from the Miami Heat. The picture has been all over hoops-related blogs.
    I hope that anchor tag works. Let’s see.

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