On Sunday night, Geraldo Rivera personally apologized to Trayvon Martin’s parents for saying that children shouldn’t wear hoodies because “Trayvon’s hoodie killed him as surely as George Zimmerman did.”
“Now, what I was trying to do was caution parents that allowing their kids to wear hoodies or similar clothing in certain circumstances, particularly if they are minority young men, could be dangerous. 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 if anything I said, Tracy, added to your misery,” Rivera said on his show.
The apology was reminiscent to an apology made last week by Rivera which apologized for causing offense but not for his initial statements.
“I remain absolutely convinced of what I said about asking for trouble,” he wrote in a letter to Politico last week. “There’s trouble enough for minority boys and young men not to provoke mad responses from paranoid jerk offs.”
Martin’s father accepted Rivera’s apology, but not without defending his son.
“Your apology is accepted. Let me just add one thing with the wearing of the hoodie,” he said. “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.”