As we reported earlier, Wendy Williams got her a@# handed to her by social media and Roland Martin in particular after she made her ill-advised comments denouncing HBCUs and the NAACP last week on her show. However, today, they were together on Wendy’s purple couch where he dropped even more knowledge and enlightened her on why she was misinformed, and guess what, got her to apologize.
“I can admit when I’m wrong. I’m a soldier,” she said after showing an introductory clip of his rousing segment where he notoriously told her to “shut the hell up.”
After thanking him for accepting her invitation to appear on her show, she admitted to never being “scared for being wrong,” before publicly apologizing for her words.
“First, I want to apologize to everyone that I might have offended regarding my remarks,” she said. “I was wrong.”
She then asked the News One Now host to explain why she was wrong in her sentiments that HBCUs and the NAACP were obsolete. In his explanation, he gave a thorough and historically sound rundown on why HBCUs were created and why they are needed in today’s still “newly fully free” Black society.
“When it comes to our colleges, we couldn’t go to those schools,” he said. “As a matter of fact, we couldn’t read during slavery. You could be killed if you were found to be reading. So, that’s why it is so critically important… Our institutions are allowing us to survive in America even though we built this country.”
As he was wrapping up his time with Wendy, Martin offered some advice to young black men and women who may face the police in the future.
“Your job is to get home,” he said. “Now, that’s hard… Don’t make any quick movements, but you also maintain your dignity, and that is, if I’m being treated badly by a cop, I’ma get through that situation, but I’m looking at the cop number, I’m looking at the license plate, ’cause I’m calling somebody after this is over.”
If you missed it, the situation began when Willams came under fire after saying: “[Jesse Williams‘] speech was very poignant. On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically Black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP.”
On TVOne, Martin replied:
“You do realize that the NAACP was founded by a mix of folks that were black and white. Do you realize that the first president of the NAACP, Wendy, was white?” Martin said. “If you actually bothered to read something, you would realize that. It’s also called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. White folks have always been members of the NAACP. Always.”
Williams said she personally reached out to the TVOne journalist and invited him on her show after having an engaging conversation regarding race on the phone.
Celebs Representing HBCUs
1. Terrence JSource:Instagram 1 of 25
2. Ruben StuddardSource:Instagram 2 of 25
3. Filmmaker Will Packer attended Florida A&M UniversitySource:Instagram 3 of 25
4. Erykah Badu4 of 25
5. Alice Walker5 of 25
6. Common6 of 25
7. Sean "Diddy" Combs7 of 25
8. Jacque Reid8 of 25
9. Martin Luther King, Jr.9 of 25
10. Nikki Giovanni10 of 25
11. Oprah Winfrey11 of 25
12. Spike Lee12 of 25
13. Taraji P. Henson13 of 25
14. Wanda Sykes14 of 25
15. Wendy Raquel Robinson15 of 25
16. Yolanda Adams16 of 25
17. Tom Joyner17 of 25
18. Keshia Knight-Pulliam18 of 25
19. Lance Gross19 of 25
20. Shaun Robinson20 of 25
21. Thurgood Marshall21 of 25
22. Samuel L. Jackson22 of 25
23. LaTanya Richardson23 of 25
24. Jerry Rice24 of 25
25. Keenan Ivory Wayans25 of 25
(Photo Source: Wendy Show YouTube screenshot)