One of the most absurd aspects of the Trayvon Martin trial was how hoodies were all of a sudden viewed as an indicative of hip hop culture and therefore, according to blowhards like Geraldo Rivera, justification for suspecting someone of having committed a crime.
Now Anderson’s Mall in Indiana seems to be taking that logic one step further by banning hoodies from the premises. Technically, you can wear a sweater with a hoodie attached, you just can’t pull the hoodie over your head.
Some mall shoppers say they’re offended by a sign at the entrance to the mall which reads, “FOR THE SAFETY AND WELL BEING OF EVERYONE, PLEASE LOWER YOUR HOODIE. THANK YOU.”
The Herald Bulletin interviewed the Mounds Mall General Manager, who insisted that the hoodie policy goes back to 2004.
In 2012, Geraldo Rivera blamed Trayvon Martin’s dea†h on his hoodie.
“I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies,” Rivera said on Fox & Friends. “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”
Rivera said that people are automatically suspicious of dark skinned people wearing hoodies.
“It’s those crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone sticking up a 7-Eleven, 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 going to be a gangsta wannabe? Well, people are going to perceive you as a menace,” he said.