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Geraldo Rivera drew a major backlash Friday after claiming that Trayvon Martin's hoodie is to blame for his death and urging black and Latino parents to tell their kids to dress differently.

In an interview with Fox & Friends, Rivera, a Fox News commentator, said Martin made himself a target by wearing a hoodie that fateful Feb. 26 night. Martin, a black, unarmed 17-year-old, was walking home from a 7-11 when George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, shot and killed him.

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Russell Simmons advised Rivera to read a blog entry on why white people "will never look suspicious like Trayvon Martin" and Seth Meyers cracked, "Even Geraldo's mustache is like, 'dude what the f*ck?"

Rivera defended his position on Twitter, but acknowledged that his son didn't agree with him.

"My own son just wrote to say he's ashamed of my position re hoodies-still I feel parents must do whatever they can to keep their kids safe," Rivera wrote. "Its not blaming the victim. Its common sense-look like a gangsta&some armed schmuck will take you at your word... Its sad that I have to be the one reminding minority parents of the risk that comes with being a kid of color in America--channel the rage."

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