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Geraldo Rivera apologizes for Trayvon Martin remarks

By Hillary Busis, EW.com
updated 10:19 PM EDT, Wed March 28, 2012
Geraldo Rivera apologized via an email to POLITICO and on his radio show on Wednesday morning.
Geraldo Rivera apologized via an email to POLITICO and on his radio show on Wednesday morning.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Geraldo Rivera today issued a "sincere and heartfelt apology" for his remarks
  • Rivera blamed a hoodie for slain teenager Trayvon Martin's death
  • Rivera: "I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager"

The killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sparked a national dialogue on race; now CNN wants to hear from you. At 8 p.m. ET Thursday at CNN studios in New York, Soledad O'Brien is hosting a town hall meeting called "Beyond Trayvon: Race and Justice in America." The special will air at 8 p.m. ET Friday on CNN.

(EW.com) -- Last week, Geraldo Rivera made headlines by blaming a hoodie for slain teenager Trayvon Martin's death.

After facing criticism from the media, celebrities, and his own son, Rivera today issued a "sincere and heartfelt apology" for his remarks.

Evolution of the hoodie

"I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my 'very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies,'" Rivera wrote in an email to POLITICO. He added that "by putting responsibility on what kids wear instead of how people react to them I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager."

What witnesses are saying

Additionally, Rivera verbally apologized on his radio show Wednesday morning.

"[M]y own family and friends believe [that] I have obscured or diverted attention from the principal fact, which is that an unarmed 17-year-old was shot dead by a man who was never seriously investigated by local police," he said. "And if that is true, I apologize."

See the full article at EW.com.

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