Others have written about the murder of Trayvon Martin, far better than I could. But I've also slowly become aware that the ubiquitous teen hooded jacket is now being criticized as a threatening article of apparel, that somehow this could justify making someone nervous, and now Geraldo Rivera, the famous childraising expert and arbiter of common sense, has scolded parents for allowing their children to wear such a scary item.
I happened upon my 2007 attempt to avoid Olan Mills' and JCPenney's exorbitant portraiture fees and darn if I didn't record my poor judgment for Geraldo's censure:
I wanted them to be somewhat color-coordinated, difficult to do when all their clothes are from Goodwill. The hoodies seemed like a great idea. The thought of anyone's precious child being shot to death and then this innocuous garment being blamed for somehow instigating the murder shocks me. The thought of a demagogue with a large TV audience then shaming that child's parents for allowing that innocuous garment out of the house fills me with revulsion. Most readers here know that the shame belongs to Geraldo for suggesting it. We know that the shooting of a precious teenage son can in no way be justified by his clothing. But there are large numbers of people who lack critical thinking skills and who are also victimized when TV personalities spew their hatred and misguide the gullible. They may not realize their own grandchildren wear this dreaded item.
And yeah, I realize my kids are white and Geraldo wasn't talking to me. It's nice to know there are two dress codes in this country. Real nice, Geraldo.