Geraldo Rivera and right wing media continued their public crusade against hip-hop on Fox News. Yesterday Geraldo Rivera hopped on Fox News to blast Lamar’s performance at the BET awards, which featured the Cali rapper rhyming on top of a vandalized cop car.
“This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years,” said Rivera. “This is exactly the wrong message.”
Kendrick has been at the forefront of rappers discussing social change and race within his music. Many of the songs on his new album have been directly influenced by recent events–including the death of Trayvon Martin.
This is the second time in the past year that Geraldo has made a harsh statement against hip-hop culture. During an interview with Huffpost Live Back in Feb., Geraldo said, “Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people that racism in the last 10 years. When you find the youngster – a Puerto Rican from the South Bronx of a black kid from Harlem who has succeeded in life other than being the one-tenth of one-tenth of one percent that make it in the music business – that’s been a success in life walking around his ass and with visible tattoos…it is this whole ethos.”
These comments from Rivera have caught many hip-hop historians by surprise, as Rivera was once relevant name who shed light on many issues in urban culture.
I have a strong feeling that this won’t be the last harsh comment we get from Rivera on hip-hop issues.