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Geraldo Rivera Finally Apologizes For Slamming Trayvon Martin

Mon, April 2, 2012 10:53am EDT by Chloe Melas 2 Comments

Geraldo apologized to Trayvon’s parents for calling their son a ‘gangsta wannabe’ for wearing a hoodie the night he was shot and killed. It took Geraldo a ridiculous amount of time to admit he was wrong — do you think the apology was enough?

Geraldo Rivera had Trayvon Martin‘s parents on his show on April 1 and said that his recent offensive comments regarding their son weren’t intended to hurt anyone. Geraldo is referring to his comments on Fox News on March 23 in which he said Trayvon’s hoodie made him a target for neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.

“What I was trying to do was caution parents allowing kids to wear hoodies or similar clothing in certain circumstances, particularly if they were minority young men could be dangerous,” Geraldo says. “But I never intended to hurt anyone’s feelings and certainly Sybrina and Tracy, I never intended to hurt your feelings. I want to personally convey my deepest apologies to both of you. I am sorry, Tracy, if anything I said added to your misery.”

Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin said that he accepted the apology but still found the comment about the hoodie to be ridiculous.

“Your apology is accepted. Let me just add one thing with the wearing of the hoodie,” he says. “I don’t think America knows that, in fact, at the time of the incident when he initially made the call, it was raining. So Trayvon had every right to have on his hood. He was protecting himself from the rain. So if being a suspicious, walking in the rain with your hoodie on is a crime, then I guess the world is doing something wrong.”

Trayvon was shot and killed on Feb. 26 when he was walking home in the rain after getting candy from a nearby convenience store. The neighborhood watchman thought he looked “suspicious” — Trayvon was not carrying a weapon.

— Chloe Melas

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