In “who asked you” news, former talk show host Geraldo Rivera gave us an unwarranted opinion about rap artist Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” performance during the 2015 BET awards. In case you missed it, K Dot performed his song while standing on top of a burned and defaced police car in front of a giant American flag.
Now, everyone else beside maybe Donald Trump, Don Lemon, and a few others, could see the symbolism in the performance as the Black Lives Matter movement continues to spread throughout the world. Rivera expressed his feelings toward the performance and the lyrics, particularly the message these lyrics send: “We hate the po-po/Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho.” Rivera said the lyrics “conflate what happened in this church in South Carolina with these tragic incidents involving excessive use of force by cops is to equate this racist killer with these cops.” He continued to say that the message was counterproductive and sends the wrong message, but what is the “wrong message?”
Is the “wrong message that young black boys and girls are brutalized by police officers across the country at a disproportionate rate than any other racial group? Is the “wrong message” that young white males commit horrid acts like bombings and church killings, but are labeled as “crazy or unstable,” but the same media will label groups of protesters and “terrorist?”
We aren’t quite sure what the “wrong message” is, but we are sure Rivera and others will do their best to deflect from what is really going on.