Guns Don’t Kill (But Hoodies Do?)

President Obama was asked about the Trayvon Martin shooting.  He replied cautiously but he didn’t duck the question

President Barack Obama said Friday that “every aspect” of the death of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot in Florida last month, must be investigated.

“My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin: If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said. “I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and we’re going to get to the bottom of what happened.”

Asked by NBC’s Mike Viqueira to comment on the Martin case, which has prompted national outrage after the shooter evaded arrest for claiming he shot the unarmed teen out of self-defense, Obama said, “Obviously, this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. And when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.”

He added, “I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together – federal, state, and local – to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.”

“All of us have to do some soul-searching to do figure out how something like this happens,” Obama told reporters.

The president’s remark were measured, thoughtful and sympathetic to the Martin family.  He hit all the right notes which would be slightly offset by the tone-deaf and brain-dead remarks of Geraldo Rivera, the Fox News personality (you couldn’t call him a “journalist”) who despite nobody having asked for his opinion declared wearing a hoodie killed Trayvon as much as Zimmerman’s bullets did.

When you see a kid walking down the street, particularly 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 what’s the instant identification, what’s the instant association? It’s those crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone stickin’ up a 7-11, the kid’s wearing a hoodie. Every time you see a mugging on a surveillance camera or they get the old lady in the alcove, it’s a kid wearing a hoodie. You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a “gangsta”… You’re gonna be a gangsta wanna? Well, people are going to perceive you as a menace. That’s what happens. It is an instant reflexive action.

Oh, shut up, you miserable HACK.

Rivera takes blaming the victim to an absurd new low.  If only Tracy Martin had dressed his son better before allowing him to leave home, why he still might be alive according to Rivera’s perverse logic.

Then the equally swinish Newt Gingrich got in on the act to criticize the president for saying if he had a son, that son would look like Trayvon.

“It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background,” Gingrich said. “Is the President suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot that would be ok because it didn’t look like him?”

Earlier in the day Gingrich told reporters that he thought the case should be investigated and suggested the shooter was at fault.

“That’s just nonsense dividing this country up. It is a tragedy this young man was shot,” Gingrich continued on Hannity’s show. “It would have been a tragedy if he had been Puerto Rican or Cuban or if he had been white or if he had been Asian-American of if he’d been a Native American. At some point we ought to talk about being Americans. When things go wrong to an American. It is sad for all Americans. Trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong. I really find it appalling.”

This definitely is a racial issue and it is definitely was a case of someone who didn’t look White suffering the consequences because a bully and punk with a gun didn’t like those kind of people in his neighborhood.  Why can’t Gingrich figure that out if he’s supposed to be a smart guy?

Probably because he’s not and this is way outside of the right-wing comfort zone.  They like their Black teenagers as predators, not victims.  Fox News was slow on their coverage about Trayvon Martin and now they’re chasing the story trying to catch up.  But this is not the kind of subject the Right has comfort with.  If only Zimmerman had been a cop.  Fox would have no problem rationalizing this all way as a justified shooting.

Minus that angle, people who historically have shown indifference and hostility towards Blacks now have to try to show they can be sympathetic instead. Could they look any more awkwardly inept trying to?

Why do Geraldo and Newt say stupid shit?  For the same reason a dog licks his own balls: Because they can.

The hoodie is not the problem. The perception of the hoodie is.