Geraldo Rivera didn't mince words Friday morning on Fox News' "Fox & Friends."
"I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was."
No stranger to controversy, Rivera continued:
"When you see a black or Latino youngster, particularly on the street, you walk to the other side of the street. You try to avoid that confrontation. Trayvon Martin, you know God bless him, he was an innocent kid, a wonderful kid, a box of Skittles in his hands. He didn’t deserve to die. But 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."
Trayvon Martin was killed in Sanford, Fla. February 26 as he was returning to a gated community, carrying Skittles candy and some iced tea. A neighborhood crime-watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, allegedly shot Martin, saying he acted in self-defense. He has not been arrested; state and federal authorities are investigating.
The shooting has brought the issue of race relations to a head once again in America. Demonstrations have occurred in several areas of our country.
After the comments became public, Rivera backed-off a little, saying his comments were "politically incorrect."
What do you think about Rivera's comments? Do you walk to the other side of the street if you see a black or Latino youngster approaching you? Was the fact that Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie provocative? What if it's a white youngster in a hoodie?
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.