MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry mocked Geraldo Rivera's incendiary comments about slain teenager Trayvon Martin with biting sarcasm on Saturday.
Martin was unarmed when he was shot to death by a self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer. His killing and the controversial police handling of the case have provoked outrage across the country. On Friday, Rivera created a firestorm when he said that Martin was partially responsible for his death because he was wearing a hoodie. "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," Rivera said.
Harris-Perry hit back at those remarks on Saturday when she presented the "MHP dress code for black safety."
On Harris-Perry's list of wardrobe no-nos for young black men: red and blue because they could be mistaken for gang colors ("try mauve, turquoise, or even salmon if you're daring"); and saggy pants, which are liable to fines in some parts of Louisiana, Georgia and Florida ("if the cops don't get you, your parents are sure to get mad for costing them all that money").
Last but not least on the list, she said, were those "pesky hoodies." She replayed a clip of Rivera's comments from Friday.
"Oh clearly, Geraldo knows of what he speaks," she mocked. "Did you see that sharp suit? Although I would caution him on those shades of blue I saw. Hoodies are an absolute no."
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