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.