“I Can’t Think!”

I must be naive. I thought there were limits to Geraldo Rivera’s sleaziness.

During a “Race in America” panel that did not contain any African-American participants on [the December 10 edition of the Fox News Channel program] Hannity,Geraldo Rivera took the opportunity to criticize LeBron James and other NBA players for wearing “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts during warm-up practice at this weeks Cavaliers-Nets game in Brooklyn…

“I wondered to myself, what if LeBron James instead had a shirt, ‘Be a better father to your dad’ — I mean, ‘Be a better father to your son,’ ‘Raise your children,’” Rivera suggested. “Those difficult issues are not being dealt with by the black community because they are so complex, they are so deep-rooted, they are really so profoundly troubling that they don’t want to try.”

“And it is a victimization mentality that we can only motivate, when we are the victims,” he continued. “It goes in keeping with everything that’s happened to the black community and the generations preceding. It’s easy to demonstrate and be outraged when we are the victims. ‘Look what we are doing to us rather than what we are doing to ourselves.’ There’s a kind of urban suicide happening here that has to be dealt with.”

Yes, they just brought it all on themselves, didn’t they? Eric Garner wasn’t choked to death; it was just suicide by cop!

Apparently feeling the sleaze mojo, Rivera kept going:

Fox News senior correspondent Geraldo Rivera advised black protestors on Friday to abandon the popularized “I can’t breathe” slogan in favor of a new one: “We’re the problem.”

Geraldo’s comments were made during an appearance on “Fox and Friends” in which he addressed what he believed is the real problem plaguing black communities…

Rivera criticized those who focused on police violence and challenged them to avoid the “low-hanging fruit” and instead focus on the harder problems to solve.

“We’re the victims. Yet again, we’re the victims. Let’s fix this problem,” Rivera said. “But what about the much more difficult problem of ‘We’re The Problem.'”

“We’re the problem when it comes to the dysfunction,” Rivera continued. “We’re the problem when it comes to fathers not being responsible for their children. … That’s the t-shirt he should wear. That’s fine, “I can’t breathe” this week. Next week, if you’re gonna be a billboard, a walking billboard, next week “Be a better father to your son.”

I remember being 11 years old, seeing a news story about the infamous brawl on Rivera’s syndicated talk show, and thinking that his show must have been the worst thing on television. Over 25 years have passed, but nothing has changed: Rivera is still the worst thing on television, and a despicable man who casually makes excuses for police misconduct. Apparently, when Rivera was hit with that chair back in 1988, it didn’t knock any sense into him.

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D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.