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Geraldo Rivera: Hip-Hop's Done 'More Damage to Black & Brown People Than Racism'

Geraldo Rivera: Hip-Hop's Done 'More Damage to Black & Brown People Than Racism'

Geraldo Rivera gave an interview on HuffPost Live on Tuesday (February 17), and he ended up going on a racial rant in relation to hip hop culture.

“Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last 10 years. When you find the youngster—a Puerto Rican from the South Bronx or a black kid from Harlem—who has succeeded in life other than being the one-tenth of one-tenth of one percent that makes it in the music business, that’s been a success in life with his pants around his ass and with visible tattoos. It’s this whole ethos,” the 71-year-old television personality said.

“And I love Russell Simmons. He’s a dear friend of mine. I admire his business acumen. At some point, those guys have to cop to the fact that by encouraging this distinctive culture that is removed from the mainstream, they have encouraged people to be so different from the mainstream that they can’t participate other than, you know, the racks in the garment center and those entry-level jobs, and I lament it. I really do. I think that it has been very destructive culturally,” Geraldo continued.

“I don’t want to go down an entire racial hole because there are a lot of potential explanations for why there is alienation in minority communities [outside of] hip-hop,” Josh Zepps, host of the program, said. “Oh, of course, but I think fashion plays a part,” Geraldo responded.

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  • Dory Phore

    Irrelevance in the flesh. Blaming other people for white racism. Classic.

  • jamswithjam

    Fox News. nuff said.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    WOW, I actually agree with Jerry Rivers on something! No kidding, I think he’s spot on.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Don’t even try that crap. Rivera is a known Democrat. He’s totally Left-wing.

  • Ugh

    *BREAKING* old white dude blames white racism on blacks AND pulls the “I have a black friend so I’m not racist” card. No surprises here.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    What about YOUR racism, whereby you blame ONE RACE that is magically able to make everyone else have all the personal and economical problems they have. It’s white people’s fault that Blacks won’t stay in school and that Black girls have babies with multiple absentee partners.

  • kellyf

    Old white dude… you know he’s hispanic right?

  • Ugh

    Actually he worked for Fox News and considered running as Republican in the 2013 special election for NJ senator… This is also coming from the guy who blamed Trayvon Martin’s death on his hoodie and not the actual person who killed him…

  • Ugh

    My apologies, old part-Hispanic dude.

  • Jane

    Who cares if he works for FOX news? What does Fox news have to do with anything he is saying? They are a non liberal media organization. They do not speak on his behalf and neither does he. Don’t like what he said fine, but just like you are entitled to your opinion on matters like this so is he.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    He’s a Democrat, period. It’s too bad that you’re so ignorant you don’t know that Fox actually had Democrats on their shows as well. You need to pay attention.

  • Ugh

    Because Fox News employees tend to be right-wing bigots, idk?

  • Ugh

    You really are some sort of troll. He is a registered Republican with some democratic views. It only takes a 2 second Google search to know that.

  • Jane

    Do you know every FOX news employee personally to make that judgment so quickly? Because there are people who have a different point of view they are automatically bigots? If no one can have a different points of view you are in the wrong country. We don’t have to agree but we have the right to disagree.

  • The Batman

    White privilege at work right here.

  • The Batman

    What an idiot. What negative effect has country music had on white people?

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    WHERE, as*shole? Do you even know anything beyond just repeating the same tired, pathetic political memes?

  • Marie Antoinette

    He’s mixed. Hispanic and White/Jewish.

  • devvv

    I’m pretty sure that racism, a principle which BUILT America and has been systematically used since the earliest settlers planted their white behinds down, has done a greater disservice to POC than Hip Hop has in it’s 30-40 year presence…

  • Seriously

    He does not speak on his behalf? Wow, you sound like an idiot.

  • Seriously

    Right, because the 200 years of racism that existed before the invention of hip hop never happened. Please go back to your cave now.

  • Anastatia Bagans

    He is one HUNDRED PERCENT correct and ANYONE who uses his race against him for his opinions are f*cking racist themselves. You’re so stuck on race you fail to understand the truth in what this man is saying. Hip Hop has created men that think being a thug and degrading women is a good thing, where being promiscuous and gang banging is seen as an accomplishment, on top of the fact that hip hop glorifies money, violence, intolerance, homophobia, sexism, the objectification of women, and that’s just the beginning. Where did the term b*tches, and hoes come from? Look back at any other decade and tell me when has music ever been so disgusting? Ever since hip hop came along..AMERICAN culture has deteriorated. Hip hop is not a positive culture and it has only lead youth down an ignorant path.

  • Anastatia Bagans

    Country music DOES NOT glorify money, death, violence, bigotry, hoes, pimps, using the n word, sexism, or homophobia .. Nice try

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Same old tired, pathetic political memes. Blacks apparently can’t do a g-damned thing themselves — according to your view — because everything bad that happens to them is someone else’s fault. They have ZERO personal responsibility and accountability, nor any ability to lift themselves past a tragic, but brief past — according to your view.

  • wizkhaleesi

    since when is white privilege a meme…?

  • alyce1213

    Penny Dreadful — stop saying that, you’re making a big fool of yourself by stubbornly repeating it. Rivera is a Republican, self-admittedly. A REPUBLICAN! Look it up before you open your mouth again.

  • alyce1213

    You need to check your facts before you opinionate, period.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Since when are you race-baiters ever able to back up your memes with actual facts?

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Try not to let it tear you apart.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Aw, a SECOND comment on the matter. Hope it didn’t ruin your day.

  • wizkhaleesi

    “brief”?! Slavery began in America in the 1600s and didn’t legally end until 1865. After that public segregation didn’t end until the Civil Rights Act in 1965….which was 50yrs ago, a time when many people on earth now were still alive and SURPRISE if they were racist back then they’re likely still racist now…and even with that act most black people were still discriminated against then as they are to this day…so out of ~400yrs since the colonization of America black people have only legally been viewed as equal for 50 of them but ya i guess ~88% of the time a country’s existed is brief. Also this country, as well as most captilist and other nations, systematically keeps the oppressed from being able to lift themselves up….you’ll learn this in literally any sociology class.

  • wizkhaleesi

    I was talking about how you appear to not know the definition of a “meme” seeing as you’ve incorrectly used it like 5 times on this thread already….and as for facts (which you yourself have not mentioned any of) I replied to one of your more ridiculous comments below

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    America … in the 1600s? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • alyce1213

    Not a chance, but I’ll bet yours is.

  • wizkhaleesi

    Did I say the american government was established/we won the revolutionary war in the 1600s or did I say slavery began in the 1600s? Try and keep up please. The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 but America’s population didn’t all magically appear on this land on that exact date, we had been colonizing (with slaves) for over a hundred years before that. Good job only incorrectly refuting that fact and then completely ignoring all of the other ones because all of my points were valid and you don’t have an argument against them. Even if I did start the timetable of black people’s injustices at the official start of the American Government that’s still nearly 100yrs enslaved plus nearly another 100yrs segregated leaving just ~50 technically legally equal years which is still not brief as you stated.

  • alyce1213

    As if.

  • Ugh

    Umm country & rock & roll? Even some of today’s pop music…

  • Legendary Trolly

    Glorifying death and violence is bad. But Pimps, money, ect is not bad. I dont want my son to grow up and be a buster. I want my son to grow up and be a playa and have bread, and drive smooth cars. Rappers these days talk about money but have a habit of placing an emphysis on the grind and work it takes to get the money. They call women hoez but they also paint women as a prize you get for being the best hustler you can be. You dont deserve women if you dont have any bread. You dont deserve to get laid if you cant afford the consequences if an accident happens. Rappers talk about street life but also talk about the pain that comes along with it. People just have to actually listen to the music. All music aint good but all of it aint bad. Just pay attention.

  • Ugh

    You’re views on Hip-Hop/Rap are so outdated it’s not even funny.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    My day is ruined by your comment?

    *smh*

  • wizkhaleesi

    I specifically didn’t refer to it as America in my last reply I said slavery began there (“there” being the land mass that would ONE DAY be america but at the time WASNT america). The first sentence/question was a rhetorical question made to make you feel stupid, but unfortunately you are too stupid to insult. Please speak to your English teacher tomorrow about your severe difficulties with reading comprehension. It’s a skill you’ll have to master before taking your PSATs or you’ll never be able to get into college and stupefy your professors with your completely inability to construct an argument. I’m going to copy and paste my first sentence/question and provide the answers for you this time so it’ll be easier for you to understand even though it was pretty cut and dry to being with. Did I say the US government was established/that we won the revolutionary war in the 1600s (this was the joke question, the answer is No! I did not say this! In my first reply I referred to it as America because it’s faster to type out than “the 13 colonies” and most people would’ve been able to figure out what I was referring to, but I’m realizing now I have to be very literal with you for you to grasp things) or did I say slavery began in the 1600s? (This is what I did I say! The answer is yes! Slavery existed in the 1600s which is the whole counter argument to the argument you have basically not even made yet because you just keep repeating that I said America existed in the 1600s to distract from the fact that you’re wrong. See the difference?) Since you’re so hung up on the wording I’ll now refer to the land in the 1600s that was pre USA as The Piece of Land That Would One Day Be America But At The Time Was Just The 13 Colonies Which Was Populated With Settlers, the British Army, And Slaves, (unless you think Ben Franklin & co literally shipped dirt over from England and built the land mass that would one day be America with their own hands and no landmass existed their before them, which I would actually believe you believed)

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    You sound confused.

  • wizkhaleesi

    Solid response

  • alyce1213

    Not only mine — others too. You’ve been burned by the lie in your comment.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Others? There are others? I’m sorry, I don’t have time to ready every comment here. Maybe you do.

  • Jon M’Shulla

    Good point. Possible.

  • jane

    they don’t generally have lyrics that talk about killing your wife/gf/mother/cops, etc. the lyrics in some of the more underground rap music is really really bad and definitely influences the young minds that listen to it and absorb it as truth. they look up to these rappers and believe in what they hear, and then take that nonsense out on society , or grow up believing that women, or whatever else is mentioned is beneath them, etc. other genres of music don’t have that

  • alyce1213

    Yet, you had the time to make some comments here and reply to others’ comments, which everyone can see.
    Do you lie about everything?

  • Ugh

    Most mainstream rappers these days do not rap about killing women (unless your name is Eminem). Yes there are rappers with bad messages in their song, which I don’t condone, but don’t act like rock music isn’t misogynistic or violent either.

  • smokeskater

    lol…as if you know anything about hip-hop and/or able to distinguish mainstream hip-hop from independent hip-hop. By the way, mainstream hip-hop is funded by white jews and purchased by white young adults. As well as supported by the radio. Tell me, who really is to blame? The people creating the product or the mediums supporting the product?

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