The only thing Geraldo Rivera will be remembered for during his TV career is that time he walked into Al Capone’s vault and it was completely empty. Rivera went looking for riches but found only an empty vault with some broken bottles and dirt. That was back in 1985, and since then, Rivera hasn’t done much but complain about black America.
In his latest diatribe Monday, Rivera criticized Kendrick Lamar’s performance at the BET Awards and the lyrics to his song “Alright,” which is about police brutality. Apparently, Rivera thinks the song is “not helpful, to say the least.”
In “Alright,” Lamar raps, “We hate the po-po/Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho.” I guess Rivera thinks black people should love all of the cops who have killed—typically unarmed—black people?
“This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African Americans than racism in recent years,” Rivera stated. “This is exactly the wrong message.
“It is so wrong,” he said, “so counterproductive—it gives exactly the wrong message. It doesn’t recognize that a city like Baltimore, which is just 7 percent the size of New York, has just as many murders as New York.”
But none of this should be shocking, coming from Rivera, especially given his track record when it comes to speaking out about the black community. It was Rivera who stated that Trayvon Martin was killed because he wore a hoodie. Not because George Zimmerman was a pistol-happy, racist nutso.
Here are a few words of advice for Rivera:
* Go back to looking for Capone’s loot.
* You know nothing about black people or hip-hop, so stop discussing them.