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By:Hugh Cadfael | November 14, 2014

Last week, Organized Leftism twisted its knickers into a knot over something someone said, and it used the usual tactic — scare quotes — to suggest that what the person said is false, even though it is obviously true. That person was Geraldo Rivera.

Media Matters posted a video of Rivera’s appearance on Fox News with no commentary except this headline:

Fox's Rivera: In “Minority Culture” They Embrace “The Thug Ethic”

Geraldo Rivera: “If You Want To Embrace” It,“You Will Be A Failure And Your Children Will Be A Failure”

The full quote, available at Raw Story, runs like this:

“There’s too much, in the minority culture,” he continued, that “embraces the ‘thug ethic’ — no belt, so your pants are down around your butt. Or, remember how much trouble I got in about the hoodies?”

“The point is, if you want to embrace that failure, you will be a failure, and your children will be failures,” he added.

As usual, neither Media Matters nor Raw Story bothered with commentary, trusting its leftist audience to know what Rivera had to be false because of the scare quotes.

Rivera landed in hot water with the left in 2012 for stating an obvious truth: Young blacks wearing hoodies look like thugs, and Trayvon Martin’s wearing one may have been a reason George Zimmerman followed him. “His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman did,” Rivera wrote in a column at Fox News Latino.

Then he said this, again on Fox News:

“Every time you see someone sticking up a 7-Eleven, the kid’s wearing a hoodie. Every time you see a mugging on a surveillance camera or they get the old lady in the alcove, it’s a kid wearing a hoodie. You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangsta — you’re going to be a gangsta wannabe? Well, people are going to perceive you as a menace,” he said.

To his credit, Rivera refused to retract what he wrote and said.

Good for him. He was right.



Nicholas MOSES
Paris (FR)
11/16/2014 11:57 PM

  First of all, no one should be holding up Geraldo Rivera as an example or victim of anything. This is a man who deliberately pitted neo-Nazi skinheads against ultra-Orthodox Jewish Zionists in front of the whole world, just for the publicity. This is apparently a five-times-married halfwit who ratted on his exes in a book. That he is now standing up for something that happens to be true is too little, too late; he has absolutely no moral credibility on anything whatsoever. When you are six thousand leagues under, a little bit "to your credit" matters precious little. Second, it should be pointed out that the "gangsta" style of dress, speech and manners has heavily infiltrated White America over the last twenty years (giving the lie to the social media twits [pun intended] who describe idiotic squeamishness as "white culture), first through the lower classes and seeping upward and upward. The only sense in which whites keep any moral high ground whatsoever is completely relative; EVERY group has sunk drastically, year after year, without fail. Lastly, if anyone wonders why "decent" America is not putting up a fight, all one needs to understand is that its standard bearers are apparently the likes of Geraldo Rivera. No thanks.

Ray Olson
St. Paul
11/18/2014 02:27 AM

  Amen, Mr. Moses! Mr. Cadfael (whoever you are), why do you parade such poor candidates for our sympathy? And anyway, though Media Matters may not have written out all of Rivera's remarks as well as considerable context for them, it did provide a video clip of them all. Just why are you so bothered? Heed James O. Tate's advice in the November Chronicles, and just turn off your TV set. Or, as I do, disable it by refusing to buy cable TV service and using it to watch DVDs only. Fox TV is not worth anyone's time; it is evil and degrading.


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