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Geraldo Rivera: 'Hip-Hop Has Done More Damage To Black And Brown People Than Racism In The Last 10 Years' {VIDEO}

Geraldo Rivera doesn't exactly seem like a pre-eminent authority on rap culture, but he has some very interesting thoughts about hip-hop, which he shared with HuffPost Live on Tuesday.

During a conversation about his stint on "The Celebrity Apprentice," Rivera got to talking politics with host Josh Zepps, who asked where Rivera falls on the liberal-to-conservative spectrum. Rivera described himself as "militant moderate," and after pointing out several of his more liberal philosophies, he laid out his problem with rap culture.
"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."

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Comment by Bombahdrop on March 4, 2015 at 12:48pm

I'm waiting for God to send Jesus down here too. this world is full of  evil souls.

Comment by MsJay on March 4, 2015 at 7:24am
Well I do agree with u on that especially where them men are concern when we do marry out our race it should be for God, and love not for the color of a person skin, some of us don't like ourselves so we marry out our race to exscape from who they really are, it's not a lot of people just some let it be about God only, the old fashion love is the sweetest thing in the world but there aren't that many old fashion people in the world, I'm still looking, and waiting on God.
Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on March 3, 2015 at 9:44pm
Jesus we need you now to fix this.
Comment by E Peters on March 3, 2015 at 4:45pm
You make some very interesting points but I don't think a man can just say I'm marrying out of my race. Love doesn't work that way and if they do they will end up like Charles Barkley, Tate Diggs and Michael Strayhand. Divorced and these women siphoning their cash. In the end they pay a price for not looking for love the old fashion way.
Comment by Bombahdrop on March 3, 2015 at 12:51pm

I agree Longandstrong69 the only difference in my opinion is all these b****** out here are fake as hell and I be laughing because they go back and forth talking about your race is fake no yours is and in reality everyone is out trying to be something they not. White tryna be black, black tryna be white and anything that has nothing to do with blackness its shameful, then if that aint bad enough they buying fake hair fake butt fake breast fake lip, just everything fake just to fit in to I don't know what, all I know is it will age your ass quick while you have all kinds of health problems. smdh

Comment by longandstrong69 on March 3, 2015 at 11:53am

All back men want a white woman, she has long hair that's real. She can read, she has soft skin, a black woman needs a dead animal on her head to look good .

Comment by MsJay on March 3, 2015 at 8:41am
Has so much hatred for another what I forgot to add
Comment by MsJay on March 3, 2015 at 8:39am
I do agree hip hop expresses how you live the way of life, racism is coming from within, and that's telling u how one human being has so much for another because of the color of a persons skin, racism is also goes deeper then skin color, it's about the knowledge that we have as a people jealousy.
Comment by MsJay on March 3, 2015 at 8:31am
To answer that question it's because most black successful men need to be seen so they date out there race, and some act as we are not black enough for them, to be honest some black successful men who date there own there expectations are very, almost to the point to break the black womans spirit it's not all but it's a good portion of black men out there who are, look around a lot of them black men marry out there race to people we have never heard of, and there bank accounts aren't that huge it's just because there another race, honestly at the end of the day we all have our own opinion, some people who do step out there race mostof them other races can have them, people will be who they are so it really doesn't matter anymore.
Comment by J Brown on March 2, 2015 at 7:28pm
Hip Hop hasn't done anything worst than racism, hip hop tells ones truth racism shows ones actions.

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