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Geraldo apologizes to Trayvon Martin’s parents for ‘hoodie’ comments

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A week after issuing a half-hearted apology for controversial comments he made about the hooded sweatshirt Trayvon Martin was wearing when the unarmed 17-year-old was shot, Geraldo Rivera apologized to Martin's parentsTracy Martin and Sybrina Fultonon his Fox News show on Sunday.

"A week ago, I ranted against hoodies like the one worn by Trayvon on the evening he was shot dead by George Zimmerman because in Zimmerman's words, 'Trayvon looked like he was up to no good,'" Rivera said. "I said then that 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."

Geraldo's comments immediately sparked a backlash, and even spawned a Tumblr"Geraldo in a Hoodie"dedicated to mocking him.

[H/T: Politico]

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