Taking to his Facebook Page, Fox host Geraldo Rivera apologized for comparing Trayvon Martin’s hoodie to George Zimmerman’s gun, a comparison that caused Mr. Rivera to conclude that the hoodie was equally to be blamed for Trayvon’s murder as the gunman himself. In his so-called apology, Rivera basically said he was sorry for using “very practical and potentially life-saving” words advising blacks and Hispanics to discard their hoodies.
“I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my, “very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies.”But here’s the rub, according to my legion of critics, by putting responsibility on what kids wear instead of how people react to them I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager, and I began today’s program with a sincere and heartfelt apology to anyone I may have offended by my crusade to warn minority families of the danger to their young sons inherent in gangsta style clothing; like hoodies.
Over the last week, I’ve been buried under an avalanche of rage and the ridicule; essentially saying that I was blaming Trayvon Martin for his own death.
I wasn’t and I don’t. And, I remain absolutely convinced of what I said about asking for trouble. There’s trouble enough for minority boys and young men not to provoke mad responses from paranoid jerk offs.
But that doesn’t change what many, including members of my own family and friends believe.
That I have obscured or diverted attention from the principal fact, which is that an unarmed 17-year old was shot dead by a man who was never seriously investigated by local police. And if that is true, I apologize.”
- Geraldo Rivera
In other words, I’m sorry, but I was right for saying what I said. Some apology!