A Letter to Roland: Make It Right

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  • I think one of the things that makes the TJMS work is that, like a real family, we bring a variety of personalities, talents and flaws to the table, yet we accept our differences and roll with them. It only becomes a problem when one of our actions – or lack thereof – begins to detract from our overall goal, which is to entertain and empower black people.

    As head of the family, I’ve sat back as long as I could, hoping I wouldn’t have to say anything. But now the time has come.

    So, Roland, we love you and need you full force to be able to do what you do – represent us and our views on CNN and other arenas. In order to continue your role on that show, on the speaking circuit, etc., it’s time for you to make a sincere apology to GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). When people are offended by something we say or do, it doesn’t matter what our intentions are. The job of the offender is simply to apologize and learn a lesson about what to say or do going forward.

    Your mission is greater than your principal. It’s no longer about you. Now it’s grown into something bigger than you are, but only you can make right.

    We love and appreciate what you do as a journalist, an analyst and commentator. You are a much -needed voice in the community and have the gift of being able to relate with everybody from the ‘hood to the White House.

    We’ve gone through this with another family member who refused to turn around. I sure would hate to see pride silence another important voice.

    Make it right, Roland, so we can move forward.

    Tom

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