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Well well well, look who is eating his ridiculously inappropriate words about the Trayvon Martin case. Fox News correspondent, Geraldo Rivera, apologized on Tuesday for blaming the shooting and death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on his hoodie, according to the Associated Press. Rivera received this “revelation” that his comments were extremely off after having a discussion with his 32-year-old-son and was told that his son was ashamed of what he said. “He had never, ever used language like that,” Rivera said. “It was like, `Whoa, what have I done that would make my son say that?’”

Rivera said he was apologizing to anyone that he offended with his comments about Martin being killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman who claimed the iced tea and skittles totting teen looked “suspicious” due to his hoodie. He said he wanted urban parents to realize that clothing their children wear – such as hooded T-shirts or low-slung pants – could appear menacing to people who don’t know them and could put them unnecessarily in danger. This of course sparked outrage by those in support of Zimmerman being persecuted for the killing.

“I wanted to provoke a response,” he told the AP. “I never expected it to be a viral avalanche.”

This is a perfect example that sometimes the child can be the teacher and the parent the student. Let’s be thankful that his son was not afraid to speak his mind and let his father know how he felt about his harmful words.

 

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  • Tell the truth, dude. The real reason you had to apologize was due to everyone getting on your case.

  • mamareese

    Agreed. Glad to know just becasue you have the gens of a [email protected]#% doesnt mean you have to think like one. Kudos to the son!!!

  • MySister’sKeeper

    He did not apologize for what he said, just for if he offended people. That is the greater story that you missed to post this dribble about the power of the child.

  • Shirl

    I think Geraldo has forgotten that he is not a white man. I can’t wait for the day that he is reminded of this fact because it’s coming.

  • THE ART OF FAUXPOLOGY – by Geraldo Rivera
    (in 6 easy steps)

    1. MAKE INCREDIBLY STUPID AND OFFENSIVE STATEMENT
    – “I’ll bet you money, if he didn’t have that hoodie on”

    2. CITE OUTSIDE PRESSURE FOR APOLOGY(“this apology wasn’t my idea”)
    – “(I) heard petition demands”
    – “family and friends (tell me)”
    – “what have I done that would make my son say that?”
    – “(I’ve been) buried under an avalanche of rage and ridicule”
    – “I never expected it to be a viral avalanche”

    3. APOLOGIZE NOT FOR WHAT YOU SAID, APOLOGIZE (conditionally) FOR OTHERS’ FEELINGS ABOUT IT
    – “I deeply apologize for any hurt I caused”
    – “I apologize to anyone offended”
    – “a sincere and heartfelt apology to anyone I may have offended”
    – “And if that is true, I apologize”

    4. REDEFINE THE PROBLEM AS A MERE TACTICAL ERROR
    – “(hurt) is not my goal or intent”
    – “I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager,”
    – “(family and friends believe) I have obscured or diverted attention from the principal fact”
    – “I wanted to provoke a response”
    – “I apologize for the language”
    – “I was trying to save lives”

    5. USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO REITERATE YOUR ORIGINAL STATEMENT
    – “my crusade to warn minority families of the danger to their young sons inherent in gangsta style clothing; like hoodies”
    – “There’s trouble enough for minority boys and young men not to provoke mad responses from paranoid jerk offs”

    5B. (optional) CITE BOGUS SANCTIFIED AUTHORITY TO RESTATE IT YET AGAIN
    – “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”

    6. CLOSE BY INSISTING YOU WERE RIGHT IN THE FIRST PLACE
    – “I don’t apologize at all for the substance of my advice”
    – “I remain absolutely convinced of what I said”
    ========================================

    BONUS EXTRA-SPECIAL FREE TIP – HOW TO ACTUALLY APOLOGIZE
    1. “What I said was wrong”
    2. “I shouldn’t have said it”
    3. “I apologize for having said it”
    4. “How can I make amends?”