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Memo to Geraldo Rivera, Tucker Carlson, and Ted Nugent: THIS IS WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT.

Yesterday, I pointed out that unqualified support for the actions of George Zimmerman relies on a set of fundamentally racist assumptions about Trayvon Martin. A set of assumptions that pundits immediately put on display, well, except for Tucker The Fucker, who went in an entirely different racist direction. It's time for an all-Zimmermania edition of IDIOTS SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS!

"You dress like a thug, people are going to treat you like a thug. That’s true, I stand by that even in my own family. …That’s the reality. You don’t send your kids into the rainy night and then have them walk in back alleys in troubled neighborhoods and expect that a good result." - Geraldo Rivera, on "Fox And Friends".

We've covered Rivera's hoodie-based nonsense before, but he's kindly expanded on his list of things minority youths aren't allowed to do lest they be perceived incorrectly as criminals and justifiably shot as a result. These include going outside when it's raining at night, and more importantly, expanding the definitions of "back alley" and "troubled neighborhood" to mean "the streets of a gated community in Florida".

And, of course, there's "dress like a thug", because clearly, black people are totally in control of whether they're seen as thugs or not. More on that after a brief note from Tucker Carlson.

"I am positive that people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton do not deserve to be called civil rights leaders. They are not. They are hustlers and pimps who make a living off inflaming racial tensions.” - Tucker Carlson, talking to Rivera on "Fox and Friends".

You know, I'm not the biggest Al Sharpton fan in the world, but I guarantee you that when you go on right-wing cable news and call him and Jesse Jackson "pimps" and "hustlers", they're not the ones making a living off inflaming racial tensions.

I mean, "pimps"? "Hustlers"? I can only assume Fox News has a "racially charged language" chart that starts on the left with "urban", ends on the right with "nigger", and has a sliding pointer that lets everyone know where the acceptable racially charged language line is that day. And when Tucker Carlson checked the chart, the line was right between "pimp" and "porch monkey". For fuck's sake.

"And so it was for a few weeks until the race-baiting industry saw an opportunity to further the racist careers of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the Black Panthers. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, et al, who then swept down on the Florida community refusing to admit that the 17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe Trayvon Martin was at all responsible for his bad decisions and standard modus operendi of always taking the violent route." - Ted Nugent, being Ted Nugent.

This kind of ties everything together. Ted Nugent thinks Trayvon Markin is a dope-smoking gangsta wannabe. Ignore the "racist" part for now, that's a subject for its own deconstruction. He also thinks Martin makes bad decisions, and that always taking the violent route is the standard modus operandi of... an unnamed and unspecified group of people.

If Trayvon Martin had been wearing a suit and tie, Ted Nugent would have thought he was a member of the Nation of Islam. If Trayvon Martin hadn't been wearing a hoodie, Ted Nugent would have seized on the size of his T-shirt and made unqualified assumptions about the relative bagginess of Martin's pants. Yet Geraldo Rivera knows that if you just dress and act the right way, minorities, people won't think you're up to no good. Not even the people who think that always being violent is your standard mode of operation.

Notice, also, that Nugent brings in Jackson and Sharpton and Obama and Holder and the Black Panthers into a vast conspiracy, all working together to destroy George Zimmerman. What do all these people have in common? Here's a hint - they're not all dressed like thugs.

There's a reason a lot of us know that race had, and has, a part in the whole Zimmerman mess. It's mostly all the racists yelling about how race wasn't a part of this until all the racist black people made race a part of it. It's kind of a tell.