“Black People are the Problem”, Says Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera

How does it feel like to be a problem?

That question appeared in W.E.B. DuBois’s book Souls of Black Folk. It is an unspoken question asked in such a coded, naive and somewhat insidious way. Black people don’t have problems. No. We ARE the problem. And Fox News’ commentator Geraldo Rivera had no qualms about saying so.

“The families in crisis are in crisis not because of the interface between cops and young black men but because of family dysfunction, fathers being irresponsible.”

The black community has been attacked with the stereotype of neighborhoods drowning in fatherless children, a stereotype that the mainstream dishes out as often as possible, and the people happily ingest not just as entertainment, but also as raw, unquestioned information.

“That is a much more difficult, complex situation than wanting to advocate against police violence toward, you know, toward young black men.”

Yet, Rivera seems to believe the stereotype without asking why. He says that it’s a complex situation, but he made no effort in bring up possible reasons, nor has he bothered to question it. Yet, that is more of an issue than black male lives taken by police in outrageously high numbers. And Rivera has a beef about that.

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

In this country, black people can never be victims in the conservative pathological mindset. Instead, we’re the problem, and only white people, the most privileged race in an unfair and unequal society, are the real victims. Of what, you may ask? Us Negroes, of course. I digress.

“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.”

White paternalism rears it’s ugly head. Rivera felt the need to tell black people to get their shit together, because we’re so fucked up, we don’t know what we should be fighting against. It’s white supremacy wagging its finger at us for being what they want see us as. And Rivera and his Fox News cronies love to think they know more about black people than black people.

Telling black people what they should think, say or feel is one of the most seering insults available. It makes it seem that black people are too stupid to know what’s going on. That, and being told that they are the problem are all the earmarks of racism, the REAL problem, not black people.

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29 thoughts on ““Black People are the Problem”, Says Geraldo Rivera

  1. I think Mr. Rivera doth protest too much. He has a pretty consistently poor record when it comes to coming up with anything but Trash TV. His initial break out as man who could investigate and document systematic civil rights violations and abuse did not inspire him to continue to apply his skills beyond the intellectually disabled. Instead, he seems to have been lead to cover the most absurdly sensational and irrelevant concerns and topics he can conjure up in his peculiar mind. Since what a person says about “others” is most often true of themselves, it would not surprise me at all to learn that his family is certifiably dysfunctional and that he’s an irresponsible father. I’ve never heard an African American berate white people as a whole for being irresponsible or dysfunctional. The importance of this complete resistance to trash talking highlights the determination of good people to build a better world. Fox’ staffing is all about sensationalism and cowardly journalism, always has been.

  2. Typical straw-man argument from Fox Noise. Whatever one thinks about the state of black fatherhood (which is a stupidly simplistic, monolithic concept anyway), it has nothing to do with police killing young men and getting away with it all the time. And they always drag out the same, dumb talking points to scuttle any sort of rational discussion.

    In the Fox Noise mindset, every issue is simple and nuance is for elitist intellectuals. They love to go on and on about “freedom,” as if their version of it weren’t the equivalent of a fascist state for so many others.

    On the plus side, virtually everyone in America thinks Geraldo Rivera is an idiot.

  3. I really don’t take anything FOX news commentators say seriously. Geraldo Rivera and that gang of idiots earn millions per year to pander to and shape the beliefs of the white population. The REAL problem that NO ONE wants to deal with is that the black population was targeted for decimation since the end of slavery. It’s no secret. Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood made it clear that they wanted to eliminate black people. This is also why Gangsta Rap was promoted to destroy black consciousness Hip Hop. For me, one of the most important mechanisms is that the white power structure won’t relinquish its control of the education curriculum of black children. Dr. Amos Wilson dedicated his life to exposing this. With no education geared to the special challenges faced by the black community, created by the white power structure, black people are vulnerable to extermination. And no amount of black millionaires/billionaires or black president, who are sell-outs to the system, can correct this problem as they have been bought and paid for. In the end, “they” create the plan for our destruction and sit back and wait as “they” and black people themselves contribute to the destruction.

  4. I remember when Geraldo Rivera used to be one of the main purveyors of trash television. He has always been a scum bag in my opinion. And he is wants to assimilate into the dominate society so he is one of the idiotic talking heads on Fox News. He was always disgusting to me,especially after the Trayvon Martin murder, when he said that wearing hoodies was thug attire. Lots of teenagers of all races wear hoodies. He is just saying what whites want to hear. And he is Latino. So, surely he must know that whites don’t love his ass either.

    1. This is the same man who got his ass whipped on national television when a little “race war” erupted on his show, causing a White supremacist to break his nose. He even got into a scuffle once with a neo Nazi and was arrested. Now he is pandering to a “higher end” group of people with the same agenda. When is he going to get his wake-up call?

  5. He is right, we are the problem. We are white people’s problem. The problem is, everytime they look at us, they are reminded of everything they wish they could be and everything they will never be. That’s why they hate us so much and try so desperately to destroy us. And the thing is, every time they try to destroy us we continue to multiply and thus we become a problem….

    1. I don’t look at the black women in my neighborhood and wish I were them. Kids they can’t feed, crack meth and hella ghetto. They can have meds, school, birth control, housing all for free and they still choose to be dirt. Sorry, you people don’t gibe a shit about each other.

  6. I knew when I saw the interview two years ago,that Rivera was losing it. This fool has lost his mind! He’s a total idiot and needs to shut the f**k up!! I’m sick of this phony bastard!!!

  7. Geraldo, you remember that time that white man fractured yo’ nasal passages on national? … And you still think we the problem? But that white man cracked yo’ snout… And we the problem? FOH.

    1. I also recall a neo Nazi telling him to his face that because he was a Puerto Rican Jew (NOT the neo Nazi’s words, however) that he was “shit”. He then knocked Geraldo’s microphone out of his hand and a fight broke out where both of them were arrested. The crowd supporting Geraldo got together to bail him out. Maybe they should have let him rot.

  8. ..Danggg, all of ya’ll is on fire with this awesome freakin’ post that ‘Wolf wrote right here! I for one, certainly do remember that skinhead bustin’ Geraldo’s idiotic-azz nose back in the day,on live tv! I can’t believe that this Mexican-Jew has the flippin’ nerve to berate and backstab Black folks like this, and what’s more messed uP is that he was a one time Civil Rights activist!? WTF!?!

  9. Black people are the problem, … really Geraldo! We are the problem because after working in the fields as slaves for a few years from sun up to sun down, we are not supposed to still be here. We are the problem because after a few decades or so, all of the slaves was calculated to have been worked to death by then. We are the problem because black folks are a constant reminder to white folks that their plan to kill us off failed miserably. We are the problem because we are a threat even when UNORGANIZED as now. So,… conversely I ask , Geraldo, who or what will be this nation’s problem when us black folks are truly ORGANIZED?

  10. Niggas do need to get their shit together tho. Asians,other whites, latinos, almost all other races the brutally intelligent, highly evolved white man has plagued for centuries, pretty much got their shir together, and do well in a society, in America constructed by whites, for majority whites, in a white nation. Niggas lack the IQ and civility to fit into a modern, advancing culture…simple as that..

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