Geraldo stated that because Trayvon Martin was wearing a Hoodie that he contributed to his own death. The Fox News anchor told Brian Kilmeade, the co-host of Fox & Friends that “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”
Rivera also said that he believes the parents of “black and latino youngsters” shouldn’t let their kids go out wearing hoodies. He then went on to say “When you see a kid walking down the street, particularly a dark-skinned kid like my son Cruz…. What’s the instant association? It’s those crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone sticking up a 7-Eleven, the kid’s wearing a hoodie.”
His comments has received a wide array of backlash from celebrities, fellow anchors and even his own son.
Because of the large amounts of criticism Rivera has issued an apology in an email to POLITICO. “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, 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.”
Now the question on everyone’s mind is, is the apology issued heartfelt or a way to get people off his back? What do you think?