TV host Geraldo Rivera has issued somewhat of an apology for his controversial statements about the Trayvon Martin case.
In an attempt to quiet the backlash he created, Rivera told Politico:
â€œBy 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.
â€œI apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my â€˜very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies.”
Though he insists that his apology is “heartfelt,” Rivera also went on to say that his comments were meant to be a “â€œcrusade to warn minority families of the danger to their young sons inherent in gangsta style clothing; like hoodies.â€
In case you missed it, last week Rivera went on “Fox & Friends” and explicitly said that Trayvon’s death was caused not only by shooter George Zimmerman, but also because the unarmed teen was wearing a hoodie:
â€œI am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies.
â€œI think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martinâ€™s death as George Zimmerman was.â€
After he went on air and said these things (and stood by them when criticized), one of Rivera’s sons told him that he was “ashamed” of his hoodie comments. It seems the criticism from his family played a part in Geraldo to apologizing, which he also did on his radio show this morning:
â€œ[M]y 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.â€
Do you believe him, or do you think he meant what he originally said?