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Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera took aim at rap culture during a half-hour Q&A on his stint with NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”

“Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last 10 years,” Rivera said during a chat with HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps. “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 make it in the music business — that’s been a success in life walking around with his pants around his ass and with visible tattoos…it is this whole ethos,” he said.

And with no prompting, Rivera then singled out Def Jam records co-founder Russell Simmons.

“I love Russell Simmons, he’s a dear friend of mine. I admire his business acumen,” Rivera noted. “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.”

Rivera and Simmons have a bit of history. The long-time friends hit a rough patch in 2012 when Rivera declared on Fox News that the late Trayvon Martin had made himself a target by wearing a hooded sweatshirt and appearing “gangsta.” Rivera later apologized, but it wasn’t enough for Simmons, who responded, “Geraldo, your apology is bull—! Your apology is nothing but a defense of a racist, backward thing you already said.”

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25 thoughts on “Geraldo Rivera Says Rap is More Damaging to Blacks Than Racism, Blames Russell Simmons [WATCH]

  1. African American woman on said:

    There’s a saying… you can’t change what you won’t acknowledge. Some of the posters on here are severely challenged with that. Every time something gets pointed out about how we are desecrating everything our, once proud and courageous, ancestors stood we, many of us get mad and start the “well white people do this, Hispanic people do that” nonsense. WHO THE HELL CARES WHAT THEY DO. We are killing each other DAILY, bringing children into the world who are already doomed from birth, bringing down our neighborhoods and communities, hurting and defiling our women, hurting our elderly. When are we going to have an honest discussion about these very troubling issues and actually do something about it- OURSELVES! Its actually pathetic that black people have the gall to defend another black person who is rich and couldn’t care less about you create a genre of crap that degrades the listener and we sit back and get angry because Geraldo called it out. We should be more angry and outraged that it wasn’t one of our so-called leaders.

  2. i wonder if he understands that his people are the drug dealers of the world. latinos bring more drugs into the us than any other people.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    I watched Geraldo (via phone) on News One with Roland Martin this morning and it turned into a shouting match. I was totally disgusted because I couldn’t understand what Roland’s point was, other than to say rap music is now mainstream. Once rap used to be fun (SugarHillGang, Will Smith, etc…) and made people happy just to hear it on the radio. But that was such a long time ago. Today’s rap and hip hop are disgusting with a catchy beat & hook. It’s all about sex (degrading women), drugs, shootings, killings, and being a bad ass.
    To be totally honest, all music (not just rap) has an influence on its listeners, country, blues, r&b, etc. We, however, in the black community should not try to defend every negative statement made by anyone of any race. This is not the first time we’ve heard this negativity about rap music and its influences. I remember the days of Public Enemy, NWA, Nelly’s videos, etc…where people protested and these were our own people. So what’s changed? Nothing other than it has gotten even worse. We just don’t like it when someone on the outside puts it out there.

  4. Just another White who’s too quick to wash his hands off the issue. Rap is NOT A PROBLEM, no matter how nasty it can be. RAP JUST REPRESENT THE PROBLEM, THE STRUGGLE many people in the ghetto go through.
    What do you think would happen if rap as a genre didn’t exist ? All that would disappear is mean of expression of young people. That wouldn’t magically fix the mental, emotional, physical, financial, you name it. issues that go through the community.

    • specialt757 on said:

      Well Geraldo isn’t white. All music is an expression of the feelings of the artist or song writers and even the struggles “what’s going on by Marvin Gaye”. Why do we have to express our mental, emotional, physical, and financial issues in such a negative, degrading, and vulgar way? It’s all about the dollar bill. These record producers, don’t give a damn about any of those things mentioned above. They care about the how much money they can make off these clowns degrading their own people. That’s the bottom line.

    • African American woman on said:

      Your comment exemplifies why those same people will always be in the ghetto. But your name, huh, tells me that you are clueless anyway

  5. African American woman on said:

    The truth is the truth no matter who speaks it. Rap music, as a genre, is meant to portray the worst of how we do our best to destroy ourselves, communities, women and children. From cursing, vulgar sex acts, hatred and use of women, violence, drugs and buffoonery; why would any black person who has any pride defend this lunacy???? What’s really pathetic is that someone outside of our race has to point this out. Where are our men and so-called leaders on this subject? As a people who are at the bottom of every positive stats and #1 for all the negatives; isn’t it time to shut down people, especially, our own, who exploit us, portrayusas nothing more than savages and profit from it? Even our own know how little we value being black and how hard out ancestors fought for where we are today. We just throw it away. So very sas

  6. straightnochaser on said:

    Typical. Just another excuse to sweep the damaging effects of racism under the rug. Geraldo is a bonafide ‘coconut’ who, like the other ‘people of color’ Fox news knows they can depend on to shift the blame elsewhere except to the obvious. He’s another glorified lawn jockey.

  7. consider this on said:

    WHY defend rap? It’s like “good” cops that feel obligated to cover for the bad guys for the sake of unity. Makes them all look bad, right? They should stand up against it. Just because you are black does not mean to have to come to the defense of every black person (who may not be doing right by others– OJ Simpson, etc..), or every aspect of “black culture”. Commercial rap clearly spews every negative stereotype of black people and keeps that image stamped in people’s heads. Consider disassociating yourself from these messages and not coming to their defense. If you don’t want random individuals representing you as an individual, or your entire people, don’t do the same when you defend crime-glorifying, woman hating, intimidating messages, just because they came from some black people. How do these images not reinforce racist tendencies and suspicions? These are internationally recognized and promoted acts that match the very stereotypes that black communities are fighting, but they get rewarded for it and are untouchable to criticism.

  8. That S. O. B. Geraldo Rivera Need to shut his pie hole. He seem to forget he is not white he is cub or Pueto ricoen or some kind of bean eat ass hole.

  9. I think Geraldo eluded to there not being any (or very many) success stories in the Black community. Well it depends on one’s definition of success. Everyone isn’t going to be a doctor, lawyer, engineer, techy person, etc. (although we do have many Black people in those categories), and others that have the inclination/propensity are on that path of success. However let us not forget about those of us that work for UPS, FED-X, the post office, at an insurance company, an auto factory, or City, County, or Federal jobs. These people consider themselves successful as well

  10. To blame hip hop/rap for the many ills of a certain segment of the Black community is disingenuous. I more so blame POOR PARENTING, and A LACK OF ATTAINABLE JOBS for the masses. My biggest beef is that we (the community, so-called Black leaders, and the media) very very seldom talk about those in the Black community that have obtained Middle-class, and above status. And there are MANY successes…..but again….no one talks about that. And I’m not referring to celebs, nor athletes

  11. Oh come on Geraldo!!! do you not see how vanquishing racism has given us freedoms yes the freedom to denigrate our women far worse than racism ever could, and our young men!! oh can we count the ways as well as body’s that the freedom of Rap music has brought on the Black community

  12. Timekeeeper on said:

    Geraldo is still trying to justify himself ever since he made those ridiculous comments about trayvon Martin and his hoodie after he was murdered. He will be forever trying to legitimize himself after that debacle. This is the same guy who spent an entire on national tv back in the 80” ( some of you wont recall) opening Al Capone’s cellar only to find empty beer bottles. no doubt, as empty as his brain Notice, he goes on Fox news to spew this nonsense which should tell you something.
    He has accomplished one thing though, he can get a few folks talking about how much they dislike RAP, and go back and forth about rap this and rap that and miss the whole point.
    White folks love it when black folks do that.

  13. Geraldo is just saying this to get attention. Last time I checked, the Latino race/community are no saints! Before you want to take “the beam out of someone else’s eye, take the beam out of ” YOUR EYE first”. How hypocritical Geraldo!

    • VERY TRUE! PORTRAYING VIOLENCE, SEX, DEGRADING WOMEN, RACISM, FIGHTS, FLAUNTING MONEY, GAMBLING, ALCOHOL, VICIOUS DOGS, POT & CIGARETTE SMOKING. THE NEGATIVE VOICES (IF YOU CAN CALL IT A VOICE) IS ENDLESS BRAIN WASHING FOR OUR YOUTH BEING BLACK WHITE HISPANIC ASIAN OR ALIEN!

  14. I don’t care for Geraldo, however i agree on this point….I’ve always said gangsta rap in particular was horrible for the black community. It’s mysoginistic, glorifies violence and it does not represent me just because I’m black..being told that rap and hip-hop is “black culture” by other blacks and represents black people is ignoring the black individual and all the other forms of music black people created..Negro spirituals, gospel, blues, jazz, rock in roll, disco..the contributions AA has made are incalculable. Instead of blacks being angry about what Geraldo or any non-black person says, maybe some blacks, like Russel Simmons, should stop trying to force the entire black community to accept rap and hip/hop as representing every black man, woman and child..no, not all black people like/love hip hop and rap..some of us hate it, and prefer other genres of music..

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