WATCH: Geraldo Rivera Admits He Was A ‘Product Of Affirmative Action’ In Final Segment On Fox


by Ilan Hulkower at

Gerald Rivera in his final segment on Fox News decided to comment on yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that blocked universities from using race-based preferences from promoting or blocking prospective student applications.  The ruling itself according to the majority decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts declared that “the student must be treated based on his or her experiences as an individual—not on the basis of race.” Mr. Rivera pointed out that he was “a product of affirmative action over a half a century ago” and issued barely veiled attacks on the decision.

Geraldo Rivera was recently fired from ‘The Five’ on Fox News and stated this departure caused him to quit Fox News altogether. The video of his last segment depicts ‘Fox & Friends’ throwing Mr. Rivera a farewell party. They asked Mr. Rivera to say a few words. Rivera took the opportunity to say “Affirmative action has just been voted down by the Supreme Court of the United States in a very controversial decision that will impact many people of color. I was a product of affirmative action over a half a century ago…I was selected to make news representing a group of Puerto Rican activists…the rest is history.”

In making this admission, Rivera seems to be implying that he was hired simply because of the color of his skin (i.e. race) than any other factor. Justice Thomas in his concurrence to the historic decision to overturn affirmative action in universities stated that “Individuals are the sum of their unique experiences, challenges, and accomplishments. What matters is not the barriers they face, but how they choose to confront them.”

Justice Thomas emphasized that the sole consideration for the Court should be what the Constitution says on the matter and that the Constitution is colorblind. On that score, Thomas wrote “It sees the universities’ admissions policies for what they are: rudderless, race-based preferences designed to ensure a particular racial mix in their entering classes. Those policies fly in the face of our colorblind Constitution and our Nation’s equality ideal. In short, they are plainly—and boldly—unconstitutional.”

Thomas concluded by writing, “I hold out enduring hope that this country will live up to its principles so clearly enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States: that all men are created equal, are equal citizens, and must be treated equally before the law.”


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