Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Friday returned to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. While blatantly ignoring the issue of racial profiling, he and his guest, former U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), rationalized that the unarmed 17-year-old was shot by George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood-watch captain, because he “looked a certain way,” according to the Raw Story.
“The reason Trayvon Martin died is because he looked a certain way, and it wasn’t based on skin color,” O’Reilly told West on Friday. “If Trayvon Martin had been wearing a jacket like you are and a tie, Mr. West, this evening, I don’t think George Zimmerman would’ve had any problem. But he was wearing a hoodie, and he looked a certain way, and that way is how gangstas look. And therefore he got attention.”
O’Reilly did not explain why he told Columbia University professor Marc Lamont Hill he looked like a cocaine dealer in 2010, even though Hill was wearing a suit and tie at the time. Nor did he account for Zimmerman being told by emergency dispatchers not to pursue Martin before shooting him dead in February 2012.
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