Chris Matthews apologizes ‘for all white people’

In a segment on race and racial profiling, MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews listened Thursday to two African-American men share stories of being racially profiled as teenagers. He then offered an apology to his guests on behalf of all white people.

Val Nicholas, NBC News’ vice president, spoke of two instances where police suspecting him of a crime held him at gunpoint, though he said he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

In an editorial published on the MSNBC website and headlined, “I could have been Trayvon Martin,” Nicholas related his experience:

“Twice as a teen I ended up looking down the barrel of police guns for no other reason that I happened to be a black teenager. I had completely forgotten about those incidents, but the Zimmerman verdict opened that door again.”

After listening to MSNBC contributor Michael Steele share similar experiences, Matthews took it upon himself apologize.

“We got to continue this conversation, gentlemen, privately and on television,” Matthews said. “I mean a lot of people out there – I’ll just tell you one thing. And I’m speaking now for all white people, but especially people who have had to try to change the last 50 or 60 years. A lot of them have really tried to change and I’m sorry for this stuff. That’s all I’m saying.”

Watch Matthews’ apology via The Daily Caller here.

Watch the entire MSNBC segment here.

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  • Art NeJame

    Speak for yourself, Chris. I have nothing to apologize for, because I have never owned slaves.

  • truecolours44

    Mathew’s is the Mistral Man of the extreme left wing who perpetuates Uncle Tom’s miserably dependent life in the cabin of the Federal government.

  • Mlm46

    America apologizes for Chris Matthews! That tingling up his leg must have gone up into the little brain he has! The liberal media
    will keep this animosity alive so we don’t keep pressing all the cover-ups with Bengazi, IRS, NSA, Fast and Furious etc.!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Antonio-Sosa/1278102814 Antonio Sosa

    If Chris Matthews is a RACIST, Chris Matthews can apologize for himself. He has no business apologizing for all the white people who are NOT RACIST!

    In addition to being a RACIST, Matthews is one of Obama’s mouthpieces. As such, he has to parrot whatever the dictator wants parroted, including lies to promote the RACIAL HATE needed to keep blacks in the Democrat plantation.

  • Grant Ritchie

    Love ya, Chris, and I feel sorry for the two black guys you were talking to, but the fact is that they are members of a group which is disproportionately criminal. What has happened to them in past is natural, protective stereotyping by frightened people. Apologize for white people? I don’t think so. If you’re going to apologize for anyone, apologize for those who have given the African American community a reputation for violence and criminality.

  • Kenneth Clark

    Mr. Matthews,
    Although I am white as the driven snow, I do not have a racist bone in my body. I do not need you to appologize for me in any respect. You do not speak for me or any other “white” person except yourself and all of the trash you spew.

  • jack brown

    Is this man appologizing for all ‘White people’ who live in the U.S or all ‘White people’ who live in Europe, South America, Asia and elsewhere? Or is he appologizing for all the ‘white people’ from the past and present who mistreated African Americans in some way? Strange statement!