Geraldo Rivera: "Hip-Hop Has Done More Damage To Young African-Americans Than Racism"

Rivera is upset with Kendrick Lamar and his BET performance.

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Geraldo Rivera appeared on Fox News' program, The Five, last night to voice his displeasure towards Kendrick Lamar and his BET Awards performance of "Alright." "This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years," Rivera said. “This is exactly the wrong message."

In particular, Rivera was responding to Kendrick's lyrics in the song "Alright," where he raps, "We hate the po-po, wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho," and also the beat up cop car that Kendrick was rapping on top of during the performance. Rivera went onto say that this performance was counterproductive in today's society, but, let's not forget that Rivera also at one time argued that Trayvon Martin's hoodie was the cause of his death at the hands of George Zimmerman.

This is just the latest ridiculous claim from a Fox News anchor about hip-hop and racism, with Rivera actually saying the exact same thing back in February during a HuffPost Live interview. Not to be outdone, Bill O'Reilly said in May that hip-hop is the reason for the fall in Christianity, even though there is no facts to back up the claim. It seems the network really just likes to blame rap music for the world's issues.  

The full segment can be seen above. 

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