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04/14/14 – Roland Martin is tired of the pissing match going on between black America.

“How is it that we have the ability to say, Mr. President, we love you and respect you, but when it comes to the parent plus loan we disagree with you?” Martin questions.

Click inside to hear more of Roland’s thoughts. It’s a heated one!

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ROLAND MARTIN:  You know, Fannie Lou Hamer said I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.  And you know what, Tom?  I’m sick and tired of these damn black public intellectuals constantly involved in a pissing match with each other.  First you have Dr. Cornell West, he’s criticizing Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Dr.Melissa Harris Parry, and then Dr. Dyson, he comes back, and he’s criticizing Cornell West and talking about ego.  Then people hitting me on Twitter to see what Professor Eddie Glaude had to say about Dyson and the rest of them.  And I wish all of them would shut up and be quiet and focus on really what’s happening in black America.

For some reason the election of President Obama has made black folks act like they stuck on stupid that somehow we cannot offer real critiques based upon public policy.  But for some reason it’s always personal.  Is this a personal attack?  An attack on him?  An attack on each other?  Yet when you look at what is hurting black America, Tom, the results are real.

When you talk about what’s happening with black unemployment, black teen unemployment, we’re talking about; we lost 53% of black wealth due to the home foreclosure crisis.  When you talk about what’s going on with black businesses all of these things are happening, but for some reason we have this inability to have a grown up conversation and we have so called educated multiple degreed black public intellectuals acting like black kids are on the playground who don’t know how to behave with one another.  The real deal is this.  Yes, we have the first black president, but he’s also the 44th president of the United States.  And just like African Americans have the ability to put forth public policy and offer real critiques when it came to Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, go down the line, to Carter, to Ford, To Nixon, to Johnson, to Kennedy and go on and on and on and it’s always been the case.  But for some reason we don’t know how to act now.

Tom, it’s been a month since The Wall Street Journal did a story talking about $23.09 billion dollars in loans given to small businesses last year.  How much did black folks get? 1.7%.  For a month I’ve tried to get the Small Business Administration to come on this show to explain what in the world is going on and how to fix it.  We haven’t heard anything.  But for some reason that hasn’t been the talk.  We can’t somehow talk about what’s really hurting folks because we have the pissing match going on back and forth.  And it makes no sense.

How is it that we have the ability to say, Mr. President, we love you and respect you, but when it comes to the parent plus loan we disagree with you? The President gave a vigorous speech on Friday at the National Action Network Convention when it came to the issues of voting rights.  But we should have the sense as adults to look at Congressman John Lewis, and Reverend Joseph Lawry, Reverend CT Vivian and others who said, Mr. President; we disagree with your judges in Georgia because you are putting forth one guy who actually was the attorney behind voter ID.  We can praise his speech on Friday but still criticize a nominee on Monday if that person will not stand up for African Americans.

We know the deal the President cut, yet we can still offer a real critique.  So the challenge, Tom, for all these black public intellectuals is to if you don’t have anything substantive to say that’s not a personal attack keep your behind in the ivory tower and have your intellectual conversations there, because black folks have some real business out here.  Black folks are really hurting.  And all of you, frankly, are members of the 1%.  And so if we’re going to move forward as a people it is going to require us to be adults.

To be willing, to look at one another and say; Mr. President, Congress, Governors, State Lawmakers, we are going to be principle, we are going to look you in the eye.  We are going to challenge you on policy.  It’s not going to be personal.  It’s not going to be petty.  It’s not going to be silly.  What it is it’s going to be principle.  That should be the operation of every single one of us.

And so I would say hit the reset button right now.  Dr. Dyson, Dr. West, Dr. Glaude, Dr. Perry, all of you, make a decision to say you’re gonna advance what’s right for black folks and not some silly nonsensical Ivy League discussion.

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20 thoughts on “ROLAND MARTIN: ‘Dr. Dyson, West, Glaude, Perry — Do What’s Right For Black Folks!’

  1. So often we do not look at the large scale social ills of our community. We stay stuck in small scale madness which is what we can control and comment on. However, the large scale difficult discussions are always averted. I agree with Roland Martin, there is no place for pettiness in politics when it is what will lift a people. We need passionate leaders who are willing to be unpopular if it means that we as a people can benefit.

  2. Many Afrodescendants stand ready to and will openly criticize our brothers and sisters, but when it comes to really speaking out against our open enemies many keep their Black mouths shut. They will shy away from and distance themselves from the true champions of Black people mainly because they are scared of what their “master” will say or do to them. If your open enemy makes you, cares for you and promotes your rise he can and will break you if you speak out against him. You can never be too high up on the totem pole to be brought down to naught. I see this as one of the reasons that most so-called leaders of “Black folks” and “Black activist” don’t support men like Silis Muhammad (a proven leader in the International call for Afrodescendant Reparations and the CEO of the Lost Found Nation of Islam). This is a man that could care less what his open enemies think. For decades Silis Muhammad has included those Black leaders and Black activist and called for unity. I suppose they are still hoping that their enemies will treat them right. You will see – it will never happen don’t expect it — you are still a slave.

  3. Joe Valdez on said:

    Obama is one of the worst President ever for Black America , and African Americans are a bunch of ignorant stupid Plantation Democrat Robots with little and no brains here is why:
    1) Obama was quick at taking care of White rich Liberal Homosexuals , while ignoring poor urban Chicago & Detroit Democrats.
    2) During his re- election campaign Obama ignored Black Hoods. He took them for granted.
    3) American Business and individuals raised more than $ 95 million for theMartin Luther King monument , and it was outsourced to China , and Chinese workers were given work visas to erect it in DC . Only 1 Black laborers worked on it for the Chinese. Where was Joyner, Dyson, Obama, Sharpton?
    4) Black can’t even run their cities , they destroy them examples: Obama’s Chicago, Detroit. Why did we elect Obama as President of The USA ? a man who can’t even run his own Hood????
    5) African American Males are the most un- educated illiterate in America
    6) Obama is now giving 35 millions Illegals a “Path To Citizen ship” really Obama? Who will be the loosers ? Poor un employed African Americans
    7) Oh I almost forgot the MLK monument outsourced to China , erected in America by Chinese construction workers in DC with a 25% African American un-employment. $95 million raised for the project by Americans . Only 1 yes One Black working as a Bus Boy for the Chinese at $9/ hr.

    Shame on all African Americans . Shame on Obama and so called Elitist like Dyson, Sharpton, Jackson etc… you are a bunch of parasite on the Black Community. “It;s All About You ” You bunch of selfish A Holes. To hell with all of your so called intellectual empty rhetoric. Where is The Beef ??? Obama talks a lot and does didly squat just like he did in Chicago .

    • VirilisAfricanum on said:

      Hmmm??, I was going to disagree with the way in which you begun your statement. However, even though you generalized an entire race, after reading the entire post, I surmised that, albeit unfortunate, you appear to have many completely valid data points to support your position…can’t argue with some of the facts you presented.

    • If you read my comments, it starts with as follows: “”Well, none of these so called leaders talk about the elephant in the room, which is the fact that illegal immigrants steal millions of jobs from African Americans: http://www.theroot.com/views/how-illegal-immigration-hurts-black-america?utm_medium=feed&obref=obinsite
      A reading of the first few paragraphs of that article makes it clear that these so called “black” leaders have thrown African Americans under the bus–NAACP, Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus, etc.–when it comes to protecting the interest of African Americans on this vital issue of immigration and JOBS!. The best social program is a job and they encourage/run interference for illegal immigrants steal millions of jobs from African Americans.”

      But it appears that African Americans are too busy being concerned with personal disagreements between persons like Michael Eric Dyson and Cornell West than to be concerned with an immigration/unemployment policy that means millions of African Americans unemployed and increased crime and death among African Americans. They don’t seem to be concerned with the betrayal of organizations like the NAACP, the Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus, etc. (In this regard, it appears that CBC member Barbara Lee may have commented on this posting.)

      There are three types of people: Those that make things happen, those that watch what happens and those that wonder what happened. African Americans appear to largely be in the last group.

      Let me rate your comments on the scale of 0 to 10.
      1. 8
      2. 8
      3. 8
      4. 1 You ignore historical truths that are too many to mention here and you ingnore cities like Atlanta. Your comment here is or borders on a racist rant.
      5. 8
      6. 8 It’s 11 million but you get the point right. Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus, etc. are stabbing African Americans and watching them bleed. But the tragedy is that they don’t even have to stab them in the back. They are stabbing them in the front and watching them bleed and then feigning/faking concern!
      7. 8 because your statement was a repetition of item 3.

      Shame on Obama and the African American elite. If they “keep up the good work”, African Americans can look forward to slavery once again! It’s pathetic!

      “We return your station to “Love and Hip-Hop”, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and other mindless foolishness.”

  4. VirilisAfricanum on said:

    It is hard to know whether Mr. Martin’s angst is over the named individuals’ lack of public unity (which presumably diverts attention away from the “real” issues of Black America) or with not supporting any and everything Mr. O wants (hook, line and sinker), or whether he has another agenda. The point regarding example of the judge’s appointment is convoluted at best, and contrived for dramatic effect, at worse. My sense is there could also be a little bit of irritation with the reality check that WE all won’t just get along for the sake of looking unified in front of the world.

    There are some pretty strong (and relevant) opinions post here; a few personal attacks too, but that’s to be expected when there’s an un-moderated forum.

  5. Well, none of these so called leaders talk about the elephant in the room, which is the fact that illegal immigrants steal millions of jobs from African Americans: http://www.theroot.com/views/how-illegal-immigration-hurts-black-america?utm_medium=feed&obref=obinsite

    A reading of the first few paragraphs of that article makes it clear that these so called “black” leaders have thrown African Americans under the bus–NAACP, Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus, etc.–when it comes to protecting the interest of African Americans on this vital issue of immigration and JOBS!. The best social program is a job and they encourage/run interference for illegal immigrants steal millions of jobs from African Americans.

    Here’s immigration reform we can believe in: 1. Make E-Verify mandatory for current and future employees and have the process issue a numbered receipt to show compliance 2. Have enforced penalties of at least $20,000 per employee per day that do not pass E-Verify. 3. Couple that with prompt appeals of those who do not pass. 4. Couple that with the provision that expenses for employees that do not pass E-Verify are not tax-deductable as a business expense. This will turn off the magnet of work and will not lead to deportation costs. The unemployment rate of US citizens and legal immigrants will go down as the illegals go back home by train, plane, automobile, boat or foot! Problem solved!

  6. ArthurG on said:

    Where is Tavis Smiley when you need him. When Tavis Smiley did the State of Black America on CSPAN, at least a lot of the issues plaguing Black America were discussed. Now we have the 1st Black President, Black intellectuals on TV and Radio and Black folks are still no better off. And why have we not heard or seen anything from the Congressional Black Caucus? Everyone is pointing fingers and talking at each other. Where is the Black Think Tank? It seems to me we should be demanding and getting more with the 1st Black President not less. If the President and so called Black politicians went to bat for issues plaguing the Black community, the way they did for Gay marriage, I believe we would overcome by now!! I’m just saying.
    ArthurG

    • See my comments on this article as follows:”Well, none of these so called leaders talk about the elephant in the room, which is the fact that illegal immigrants steal millions of jobs from African Americans: http://www.theroot.com/views/how-illegal-immigration-hurts-black-america?utm_medium=feed&obref=obinsite
      A reading of the first few paragraphs of that article makes it clear that these so called “black” leaders have thrown African Americans under the bus–NAACP, Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus, etc.–when it comes to protecting the interest of African Americans on this vital issue of immigration and JOBS!. The best social program is a job and they encourage/run interference for illegal immigrants steal millions of jobs from African Americans.
      Here’s immigration reform we can believe in: 1. Make E-Verify mandatory for current and future employees and have the process issue a numbered receipt to show compliance 2. Have enforced penalties of at least $20,000 per employee per day that do not pass E-Verify. 3. Couple that with prompt appeals of those who do not pass. 4. Couple that with the provision that expenses for employees that do not pass E-Verify are not tax-deductable as a business expense. This will turn off the magnet of work and will not lead to deportation costs. The unemployment rate of US citizens and legal immigrants will go down as the illegals go back home by train, plane, automobile, boat or foot! Problem solved!”
      And of course, President Obama is a large part of the problem of throwing African Americans under the bus so that illegals can steal jobs from them!

    • Are you Congresswoman Barbara Lee? See my comments on this article as follows:”Well, none of these so called leaders talk about the elephant in the room, which is the fact that illegal immigrants steal millions of jobs from African Americans: http://www.theroot.com/views/how-illegal-immigration-hurts-black-america?utm_medium=feed&obref=obinsite
      A reading of the first few paragraphs of that article makes it clear that these so called “black” leaders have thrown African Americans under the bus–NAACP, Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus, etc.–when it comes to protecting the interest of African Americans on this vital issue of immigration and JOBS!. The best social program is a job and they encourage/run interference for illegal immigrants steal millions of jobs from African Americans.
      Here’s immigration reform we can believe in: 1. Make E-Verify mandatory for current and future employees and have the process issue a numbered receipt to show compliance 2. Have enforced penalties of at least $20,000 per employee per day that do not pass E-Verify. 3. Couple that with prompt appeals of those who do not pass. 4. Couple that with the provision that expenses for employees that do not pass E-Verify are not tax-deductable as a business expense. This will turn off the magnet of work and will not lead to deportation costs. The unemployment rate of US citizens and legal immigrants will go down as the illegals go back home by train, plane, automobile, boat or foot! Problem solved!”

      If you are Congresswoman Barbara Lee, you seem to be part of the problem of throwing African Americans under the bus so that illegals can steal jobs from them!

  7. moeve on said:

    Roland you have a passion to continue to try to get a conversation about the issues in the black culture. It’s really hard when the people you try to inspirer and inform, will bite the hand that feeds them. It’s solo sad to see cultures that come with nothing in their hand and come together and build up their communities, etc.

  8. gregg on said:

    Roland Martin must have fallen and hit his damn head! Roland is the one of the first to demonize and cut down ANYONE who criticized President Obama, but now he is offering advice to others on how to behave? Roland Martin called Tavis Smiley all kinds of despicable names because Tavis dared to take issue with some of President Obama’s positions. And lets not forget how he practically ended the career and good name of Shirley Sherrod whom he called a racist.
    Roland Martin, you are a fake and a joke!

    • "BEST frats both in 1911" on said:

      BTW, I’ve heard both Roland & Tavis speak at public events. Honestly, Roland is just a lil’short, fat, no neck having dude in tight, colorful suits (Houston Bama). He SHOULD be envious of Tavis Smiley who’s one of them smooth type Kappa dudes. I’m in a different frat, but share that “1911” unity with them. Tavis just received a “star” on the Walk of Fame this past week, while Roland was probably out shopping for a pink pocket square. Dude is NOT in Tavis’ league whatsoever & should stick to those ascots to hide his missing neck. I’ve had enough of his BS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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