Geraldo Rivera Blames Kendrick Lamar for America's Racial Divide

Geraldo Rivera Blames Kendrick Lamar for America's Racial Divide

Says the rapper's lyrics do more damage to Blacks than racism.

Published June 30, 2015

Geraldo Rivera, the man who once blamed Trayvon Martin's death on his hoodie, now says that Kendrick Lamar is responsible for the country's racial divide. 

Speaking on — where else — Fox News on Monday night, Rivera criticized K. Dot's performance at the BET Awards on Sunday, in which he rapped about police brutality. Rivera said that Lamar's lyrics are "not helpful, to say the least" when it comes to the national dialogue. What's more, Rivera thinks the Compton rapper is doing more harm to the Black community in America than, wait for it...racism.

“This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years,” he added. “This is exactly the wrong message.”

Instead of quitting there, he continued that lyrics like "We hate the po-po/Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho,” act to “conflate what happened in this church in South Carolina with these tragic incidents involving excessive use of force by cops," and that doing so "is to equate this racist killer with these cops."

“It is so wrong,” he emphasized, “so counterproductive — it gives exactly the wrong message. It doesn’t recognize that a city like Baltimore, which is just 7 percent the size of New York, has just as many murders as New York.”

Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Kimberly Guilfoyle, who host the show, took their cue from Rivera and went on to say Lamar's performance, which took place atop a burning police car, will incite violence.

Watch K. Dot's performance at the BET Awards for yourself to see if Rivera is right, and he should be blamed for everything that ails Black America today:

Written by Evelyn Diaz

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