Geraldo Says Hip Hop Hurts More than Racism

Geraldo Rivera, not a music critic mind you, had some interesting thoughts on rap music and racism during an recent interview on HuffPost Live.

Coming off losing NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” the long-time journalist claimed Hip Hop had been more devastating to the Black and brown community than racism itself, blaming the Pied Piper allure of the music industry. Rivera argued this caused too many youth to adopt a style (baggy pants, tattoos, etc.) that takes them so far from mainstream they’d become unemployable.

Here’s a snippet of what he had to say:

“Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last 10 years,” Rivera began. The Fox News contributor then challenged anyone to find “a youngster — a Puerto Rican from the South Bronx or 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 with his pants around his ass and with visible tattoos…”

Rivera added that the most powerful men in hip-hop are responsible for pushing young minorities too far out of the dominant culture.

“And I love Russell Simmons,” Rivera continued. “He’s a dear friend of mine. I admire his business acumen. At some point, those guys have to cop to the fact that by encouraging this distinctive culture that is removed from the mainstream, they have encouraged people to be so different from the mainstream that they can’t participate other than, you know, the racks in the garment center and those entry-level jobs, and I lament it. I really do. I think that it has been very destructive culturally.”

(H/T Huffington Post)