Geraldo Rivera and other news anchors took to Fox News’ The Five segment on Tuesday (June 30) to discuss Kendrick Lamar‘s powerful performance of “Alright” at the 2015 BET Awards — and they weren’t impressed.
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“This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years. This is exactly the wrong message,” Rivera said when touching on this “Alright” line: “And we hate po-po/ Wanna kill us dead in the street, fo sho.”
Rivera continued to name recent acts of violence and racism (the Charleston church shooting, the death of Baltimore’s Freddie Gray) but forgot to point out that a majority of the recent deaths and injustice against black men and women have been in the hands of police or the words of unity and resilience in Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly single.
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Rivera said the same exact words to HuffPost Live’s Josh Zepps in February, singling out entrepreneur Russell Simmons. Rivera’s comments come a month after conservative Bill O’Reilly — also known to spew words of ignorance in connection with hip-hop — blamed the decline of religion in America on hip-hop.