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Geraldo Rivera Apologizes for Hoodie Comment, but Continues to Offer Wardrobe Advice to Minority Youths

Mar 28, 2012  •  Post A Comment

TV host Geraldo Rivera offered an apology for comments he made in response to the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was shot in Florida by George Zimmerman, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But Rivera added that he remains "absolutely convinced of what I said about asking for trouble," the story reports.

As reported previously, Rivera made his original comments on "Fox and Friends" last week, saying that Martin had made himself a target by wearing a hoodie and dressing "gangsta.”

In a letter to Politico, Rivera offered a "sincere and heartfelt apology” for the comment. But he added, "There’s trouble enough for minority boys and young men not to provoke mad responses from paranoid jerk offs,” according to the story.

Even in his apology, Rivera continued to make his point about hoodies. In his letter to Politico he wrote: “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.’” Rivera cited a piece in the National Review by Thomas Sowell, Politico reported.

The Politico piece adds: “Rivera said that ‘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 that he was offering a ‘sincere and heartfelt apology’ to anyone he may have offended in his ‘crusade to warn minority families of the danger to their young sons inherent in gangsta style clothing; like hoodies.’”

A video of Rivera’s original comments can be seen by clicking here.

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