Geraldo Rivera personally apologizes to Trayvon Martin's parents for hoodie comments
Finally! After a week of refusing to take back his controversial comments about Trayvon Martin's death, Geraldo Rivera has come around at last. On Sunday night, the FOX host personally apologized to Martin's parents for saying that Martin's hoodie is what ultimately caused the teenager's death.
Rivera sparked a media storm by claiming that Martin, who was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman last month, wouldn't have been killed if he hadn't been wearing a hoodie, a clothing item he called "gangsta". His comments caused fury among many, including his own son, who later said he was "ashamed" of his dad for making those statements.
In the interview, Rivera sought to make amends for his shocking words, thanking Martin's parents for coming on the show and adding, "Please -- this is the first time I've spoken to you -- accept my condolences for your awful loss."
Martin's parents graciously forgave the host, with Martin's dad, Tracy Martin, telling the host, "Thank you for the apology. Your apology is accepted."
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Tracy also went on to explain that Martin was actually wearing the hood to protect himself from the rain. "Trayvon had every right to have on his hood," he said. "So if being suspicious, walking in the rain with your hoodie on is a crime, then I guess the world is doing something wrong."
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I totally agree with Tracy and I'm just glad Rivera has finally owned up to the error of his ways. Seriously, it was about time. I mean, his comments blaming the hoodie for the 17-year-old's death were just crazy and nonsensical. And Martin's parents have already been through enough without having to justify their son's fashion choices to the nation.
What we should really be focusing on is not what Martin was wearing or his race, but the pending investigation that could eventually (and hopefully will) lead to the punishment of Zimmerman -- who still remains uncharged despite the growing evidence against him.
After all, if there's one thing the world has learned after seeing Martin's parents and their extremely accepting attitude towards Rivera (who they have every right to stay angry with!), it's that they deserve justice for the loss of their son.
What do you think of Rivera's apology?
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