Soledad O’Brien Goes Off On Twitter Over ‘Washington Post’ Column About Trayvon Martin

July 19, 2013  |  

Soledad O’Brien lost it on Twitter after reading a controversial column in The Washington Post that justifies George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin because of “urban crime.”

“I don’t like what George Zimmerman did, and I hate that Trayvon Martin is dead. But I also can understand why Zimmerman was suspicious and why he thought Martin was wearing a uniform we all recognize,” Richard Cohen opens. “…I’m tired of politicians and others who have donned hoodies in solidarity with Martin and who essentially suggest that, for recognizing the reality of urban crime in the United States, I am a racist. The hoodie blinds them as much as it did Zimmerman.”

O’Brien tweeted:


Cohen further defended the piece in an interview with Politico. Addressing hoodie as a “uniform” comment, Cohen says:

“It’s what’s worn by a whole lot of thugs. Look in the newspapers, online or on television: you see a lot of guys in the mugshots wearing hoodies.”

I [Politico reporter Dylan Beyers] pointed out that Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, is also known to wear a hoodie.

“Right, so it’s the uniform of billionaires and thugs,” Cohen said with a chuckle.

What a troll.

Others in the media also took issue with the column. From The Huffington Post:

“I totally recognize the hoodie uniform,” tweeted The Washington Post’s own Ezra Klein. “I wore it at UC Santa Cruz. Weirdly, no one thought I was dangerous.”

“Washington Post is scared of young black men,” tweeted Circa editor-in-chief Anthony De Rosa.

The column is still available on The Washington Post website. Should it be taken down?

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