In what some may call an apology, Fox News broadcaster Geraldo Rivera is attempting to make amends for the “hoodie” remarks he made following the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
In an email sent to POLITICO, Rivera says, “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.'” The article to which Rivera is referring ran in the conservative publication the National Review.
Rivera adds 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.” He also writes that he wants to offer “sincere and heartfelt apology” to those he offended in his “crusade to warn minority families of the danger to their young sons inherent in gangsta style clothing; like hoodies.”
The long-time journalist set off a firestorm when, during a March 23 interview on “Fox & Friends,” he says, “I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies…I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”
These comments drew scorn from a wide swath of the American public. Even Rivera’s own son Gabriel proclaims that he is “ashamed” of his father’s comments.