Geraldo Apologizes For Controversial Trayvon Martin Hoodie Comment
Martin's death has sparked outrage across the country as the man who shot him remains free, and Rivera only added to the furor with his explosive remark about the hoodie the 17-year-old was wearing the night he was killed. "I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was," Rivera said on the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends on Friday. "I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies." Rivera also made similar comments on his blog and on his twitter feed.
The remark caused immediate backlash, with Rivera saying that his oldest son Gabriel was ashamed of him for making the remark. “Gabriel broke my heart. He’s my oldest, 32, and he just told me that for the first time in his life he’s ashamed of what I wrote on [Fox News Latino],” he said.
Rivera did not immediately apologize for the remark and, in fact, defended it over the weekend on Twitter.
On Tuesday, he finally changed his tune. “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,’ he wrote in an email to Politico. "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."
You can see the progression of Geraldo's "hoodie" comments on his Twitter feed below: