Geraldo Rivera slammed after asking civil rights lawyer about ‘ghetto’

The viral interaction took place during a crime debate with Leo Terrell in St. Louis

A crime debate in the Midwestern city of St. Louis on Fox News transmission America’s newsroom organized by Bill Hemmer went viral after the conversation got ugly.

Pundit Geraldo Rivera asked network worker and civil rights attorney Leo Terrell about the last time he was “in the ghetto,” and Terrell did not take the suggestion kindly. The conversation arose out of a discussion about the elected mayor of St. Louis Tishaura Jones’ new crime plot for the city.

“I wish her the best. It seems very idealistic in many ways, but unrealistic, ”Rivera said of Jones.

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 24: Reporter Geraldo Rivera appears on “FOX

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Hemmer asked Terrell what he thought of comments Jones had made during his campaign to run the city. During the election season, the hostess said she had noticed that although she appreciated the support of “white allies”, she was better equipped to sit as mayor in the minority majority city.

Terrell replied that it was “the most insulting, racist comment” and that he was offended by her idea that being black made her a better candidate.

Rivera then asked, “Hey Leo, when was the last time you were in the ghetto?”

Then Terrell replied, yelling, “How dare you say that?”

He continued: “You don’t know anything about me! How dare you say that I’ve been a civil rights attorney for 30 years. I fought discrimination for 30 years. “

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Rivera has since apologized for his question on Twitter.

“[I] Apologizing to @TheLeoTerrell didn’t mean he wasn’t getting realities of city life, ”he tweeted. “I’m sorry, Leo didn’t mean it personally. I wish the new Mayor of St. Louis all the best. She has her hands full in a city ravaged by violent crime. “

theGrio Jones was reportedly elected mayor after defeating Alderwoman The Spencer Way. Jones, 49, will be sworn in on April 20. She will be the city’s third black mayor and the first black woman to hold the seat and win 52% of the vote over her opponent’s 48%.

The story goes on

“St. Louis: This is an opportunity for us to stand up, “Jones said in her victory speech. “I told you while I was running that we couldn’t avoid hard conversations. We are done ignoring the racism that has held our city and region back. “

Tishaura Jones won the St. Louis Mayor's race on Tuesday, becoming the first black woman to ever hold office.  (Twitter)

Tishaura Jones won the St. Louis Mayor’s race on Tuesday, becoming the first black woman to ever hold office. (Twitter)

Jones has criticized the city’s “arrest and detention” model, even amid the rise in violent crime. She has vowed to restructure the police force and allocate more resources to substance abuse and mental health services.

“We must declare gun violence as a public health crisis and address it as such, just as we addressed this current pandemic,” Jones said in a previous interview. “We need to have the same laser-focused attitude to investigate root causes that we did with the pandemic. We need to address the same root cause, focus on gun violence and public safety.”

This article contains additional reports from theGrio’s Biba Adams.

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