After learning about a petition calling for an apology, media personality Geraldo Rivera, readily offered one for comments he made last week about the Trayvon Martin case.
“I deeply apologize for any hurt I caused-that is not my goal or intent,” wrote Geraldo, via Twitter.
Although he apologized for any hurt feelings, he did not retract his comments. Geraldo caught a lot of flack last week when he intimated that Trayvon’s style of dress, particularly his hoodie, led George Zimmerman to believe the 17-year-old was a threat.
“His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman,” Geraldo tweeted on Thursday after sharing those thoughts on a Fox News program.
While many disagreed with Geraldo, he said many minority moms took his side.
“In the avalanche of criticism how interesting that most minority moms back me because they want their sons to live long and prosper,” he said, noting that his own son didn’t take that stance.
“My own son just wrote to say he’s ashamed of my position re hoodies-still feel parents must do whatever they can to keep their kids safe,” he wrote.
Many Sister 2 Sister Facebook fans fell somewhere in the middle. Many thought Geraldo’s statements about hoodies being the wardrobe of gangsters were outrageous, but others could see his point of view.
S2S user Bernetta Reese wrote: “Parents do need to do a better job at teaching their kids how to dress. And kids should have more respect for themselves and how they wear their clothes. BUT a hoodie or any clothing item is in NO WAY to blame for a man’s hatred of a race of people.”
See Geraldo’s Tweets below.
Watch Geraldo Rivera’s comment on Trayvon’s style of dress.
—Tracy L. Scott
What do you think? Did Geraldo have a point about parents teaching their minority children not to dress in a way that may cause them to be stereotyped and prejudged? Leave your comments below.