Roland Martin: Trump’s Address Is ‘A Declaration Of War’


Roland Martin is angry this morning after listening to Donald Trump’s news conference yesterday.

He called the President’s address, “a declaration of war.”

Roland is calling all Black people to stand up and fight. To, “say we are going to oppose any effort of going back to the days of Jim Crow.”

It’s time for black people as Roland explained to stand up against racism and be present. Roland expressed, “What the President has done is shameful.”


Let’s get right to the issue at hand. Y’all have already been talking about it. We’ve been discussing it right here at TV One.

After yesterday’s despicable news conference by President Donald Trump. I was in my car trying to decide what is it that I wanted to listen to. To put into proper context my feelings about what we heard.

I thought back to the first Black woman elected from the South since reconstruction. Congresswomen Barbara Jordan from Houston. Here is what she had to say in 1973 at the Watergate Hearings.

     Earlier today we heard the beginning of the preamble of the Constitution to the       United States. We The People a very eloquent beginning.

    But when that documents was completed on the 17th of September in 1787 I was not       included in that ‘We The People.’

     I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexzander Hamilton       just left me out by mistake.

     But through the process of amendment, interpretation and court decision I have       finally been included in ‘We The People.’

     Today I am an inquisitor. A hyperbole would not be fictional and would not overstate       the solemnness that I feel right now.

     My faith in the Constitution is whole. It is complete. And I am not going to sit here       and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution.   

Sybil just like Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, I will not be an idle spectator for white supremacist sitting in the White House.

I will not be an idle spectator to see Donald Trump walk in the footsteps of Republican Herbert Hoover who led the Lily White Movement when he was president from 1929 to 1933.

I will not sit idly by to see Donald Trump act like Democrat Woodrow Wilson. One of the most vile racists we’ve ever have serve in the office of the president.

The fact of the matter is that yesterday’s news conference was shameful, it was despicable. It was him giving the middle finger to black people to Jews, to Hispanics, to Asians, to women, to white people of conscience.

This is a president who has no shame. He is an immoral leader.

I know some people out there will say, ‘well he was elected.’ Yes but guess what?  Wilson was elected, Hoover was elected. And other racists who have served in that particular White House.

What this man has done by aligning himself with neo-Nazis and white supremacist is shameful and should not go unchecked.

But it’s not just a question of going unchecked. We must do more than simply tweet and comment on Facebook.

This is a challenge. This is a declaration of war.

I also talked about again what I was listening to. And I had to play this Tom, by Rev. Charles Jenkins.

Many of you might have heard this.

     When the enemy is swinging at you. You can’t go down or fall down. You have to swing back.

     You have to swing back.

     When the enemy is attacking you, you can’t give up. You can’t throw in the towel.

     But you got to get yourself together. And you have to come hard.

     Am I talking to any real people in the building?

    So when the enemy comes at you, you got to know that the weapons of our warfare      are not covered till we are pulling down the strongholds

    You can’t take it laying down, you got to fight back.

    So when the enemy comes at you no I’m not gonna break down, I’m not going to fall      down, I’m not going to go down.

    I’m gonna get my Holy Ghost swag and I’m going to go forward.

Tom for 398 years black people folk have been fighting in this country to ensure that it lives up to its ideals.

For 398 years we’ve made it perfectly clear that we are not going to sit idly by and allow ourselves to be embarrassed and run over and shamed by white supremacist.

This is the 190th Anniversary of the first black newspaper, the Freedom Journal, which was founded March 1827. In their lead editorial, they wrote, ‘we wish to plead our own cause. Too long has others spoken for us.’

This is a moment where we don’t need anybody else to speak for us. We can speak with the clarity and with precision as to exactly what is required of us. And what this requires, it requires Alpha’s and Kappa’s and Omega’s and Sigma’s Iota’s, AKA’s, Delta’s Zeta’s, Sigma Gamma Rho’s, the Links’. They require the Prince Hall Masons, Mi Phi Me.

It requires people of conscience to stand up whether you are boujee, whether you are grassroots. No matter where you are it requires black people and other people of conscience to say we are going to oppose any effort to go back to the days of Jim Crow. To go back to the days after Reconstruction when you had to redeem to move by Democrats. The Lily White Movement by white folks as well as in this country on the Republican side.

We have seen this before and every time it has happened we fought back.

And what that means is, it’s time for folks to stand up and mobilize and organize.

It means that when it comes to the ballot box, I don’t care who you are, I don’t want to hear anybody say, ‘my vote does not matter.’ Because when you see a white supremacist at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, that’s the only proof you need to show your vote does indeed matter.

What that means is that we need people in Virginia in Tennessee in Mississippi in Alabama in Texas in Georgia, in Florida, in Illinois, in California, in Wisconsin in Michigan in Pennsylvania to say enough is enough.

What it means for us to go to city council meetings, county commissioner meetings, state meetings, go to the governor’s mansion and say we are going to rain Holy hell down on any politician who stands with Donald Trump.

If you think we are playing you are wrong.

The previous generation, the baby boomers, they stood up. Our grandmothers and grandfathers stood up. Our mothers and fathers stood up. And it’s time for Gen X (Generation X) and Gen Y (Generation Y) and the little generation to stand up and say we are going to take this fight on and go after anybody who stands in our path.

I will not stand idly by and listen to Donald Trump anymore. I will not listen to a man who is an immoral leader.

I will not listen to anybody whether they are a black Republican who agrees with him. Who voted for him. Who continues to apologize for him.

And you will be named checked. You will be embarrassed. And you will not be invited to anything that involves black people.

It is time for us to call people out. It is time for us to realize that we cannot wait.

In 2018 we are going to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King being assassinated. We are going to focus on the 50th Anniversary Commissioner report of the race riots of 1967.

Do understand this is a moment where people are going to have to decide whose side they are on.

Are you on the side of righteousness? Or are you on the side of bigotry? Are you on the side of just people? Or are you on the side of white supremacist?

There is not going to be any, any effort to say I can stand on either one.

And I don’t care who you are if you’re Republican or Democrat you have been served notice.

If you stand with this man. If you support white nationalist policies, we are going to take you out at the ballot box and put people of conscience in.

Heather Heyer is going to be buried today. She is a 21i st century version of Viola Liuzzo. A white woman from Michigan who died trying to help Black folks to vote.

This is not a Black thing or Hispanic thing, or Asian thing it’s a conscience thing.

This is a battle for the soul of America. And like the Tuskegee Airman said, ‘We will fight till the last hour. To the last minute. To the last second. We will fight, fight fight!’

Number 45, Game on!

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31 thoughts on “Roland Martin: Trump’s Address Is ‘A Declaration Of War’

  1. What about the children? I wrote a song which states: since ‘73, 59 million babies are gone who will never take first breaths or feel the rain. Yet, we have given women rights and made the enslaved free. Oh, this world must learn to love again.” Where is our love for the unborn? Don’t you realize that they yearn to be protected and heard? “I can hear them say, let me cuddle with you when I’m outside the womb. I’m your joy, I’m your hope for tomorrow.” Why do Democrats allow the killing of the babies and then wonder why our social problems are beyond comprehension? Perhaps one of the babies killed had a cure for some of these dreadful diseases. Perhaps one child was a torch bearer for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream. Thank God, my mom allowed me to live even though my dad was unavailable to assist her. Today I have 4 black sons, with the help of my husband for 34 years, who are contributing to society in a phenomenal way. God is so gracious. He allowed my oldest son to receive a Master’s Degree from Yale. Another son graduated from MIT and then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Engineering at Florida State. Two more sons are currently pursuing college and thinking about how they will participate in this great country, America. I have looked Racism in the face and prayed for opportunity for my sons.
    Over 59 million children have been killed with American permission. Now how evil was Hitler? His 6 million murders leave unbearable scars. But how do we differ? When will we start to properly address this Abortion Issue? I cannot reconcile the killings in my conscience.

  2. Lone Wolf on said:

    Once again, we African-Americans have fallen for a FAKE AND INSIGNIFICANT ISSUE spearheaded by White Democrats. Once all of the Confederate monuments have been removed and destroyed, I assure you our Black communities which are GOVERNED BY DEMOCRATS will still have: 1) the highest crime rates in the industrialized world 2) Our DEMOCRAT RUN inner-city public schools will still be the poorest performing in the industrialized world 3) We African-Americans will still have the highest unemployment rate since slavery 4) The foundation of African-American family will continue to rot as we rely on the government to raise and feed our children, and BET/MTV as their guide, with 75% of black children born our of wedlock. All the while we chase some Confederate boogieman. It was DONALD TRUMP that brought up all of these issues during the 1st presidential debate and he was quickly called and labeled a racist by the Democrats and shutdown for bringing up these real issues concerning the African-America community. We will never rise up if we continue to allow ourselves to be duped by the Democrats that just want our votes. After 50 years of voting Democrat we are still the door mat of the industrialized world. Just walk through and predominate black community in America and see what the Democrat have actually given us.

  3. They knew how he was when he was running they created that monster so deal with it and like I said come 2018 get them fools out that was standing with that racist pig and come 2020 let’s get the rest of the racist out .

  4. specialt757 on said:

    I caught some of Steve this morning SHMS, and he was saying that people are surprised by #45 reactions and racist statements, no one would think he was who he is. Well that’s because Steve wants to be like trump except he’s not a racist. So he was the only one surprised by his mentor’s totally-void- of-human compassion attitude, HE IS WHO HE IS, no excuses.
    NO intelligent person watched his campaign unfold daily without realizing that this man was a racist and bad for America. “Take our country back” was the classic theme of his campaign, how do you as a non-white person, but specifically black, not know what that means?

  5. What are prepared to do beyond preaching to the choir? Most of us feel the same and many of us can voice these same feelings with Martin. Is our consolation in these matters just to sound off? When do we go to work?

    • specialt757 on said:

      We as black people can start by doing the simplest things, get off our asses and vote, go to these town hall meetings, city council meetings, see where our local and state officials stand on our issues. And let them know we won’t vote for you but VOTE. Vote those closet racist-klan members out of our government, republicans.
      Call a spade a spade and make no excuses for bad behavior. Call it out, show folks out here, this is our home and we don’t like what’s happening here and we AINT going nowhere, demand change and don’t stop until you get it. We’ve been doing it now for centuries and every time we make noise, things change. These racists are a small, minute part of our country’s citizens but they make a LOUD noise. We can be LOUDER.

  6. Passing Through! on said:

    Really Van Jones (sale out married to the white girl)? You allowed this fool to make you cry like a bitch…SMH No one should be shocked by trump’s actions, what did everyone expect him to do, act dignified & be a unifier. I think people are giving 45 way too much credit, he’s too damn stupid to make anything happen the only thing he’s manage to accomplish in his term, is rally a bunch of uneducated, unevolved, Neanderthals who will all fail just as he’s failing right now. I feel the best thing we can do right now is sit back and let him keep failing and destroying the repuliKKKlan party & himself. He’s f**king evil and darkness is all around him, everything from the Russian scandal, Nazi supporters, the murder of Heather Heyer, just watch trump will fall. It’s not possible for anyone to function and run a government with this much chaos. I bet President Obama is laughing his ass off somewhere.

    • Obama said from day one, this fool was unfit to be prez. He proves him right every damn day. It’s pathetic that this pathetic country elected him. #hesnotmyprez.

  7. americanize on said:

    Pressure bust pipes,we have a racist president in the white supremist house,racist staff,organize crime,the Russian mafia.Just think if Hillary got elected black folks would be back to sleep.Now we have to stay woke,our lives depend on it.UNIFIED OR DIE.

  8. specialt757 on said:

    I know Roland can go off on a tantrum from time to time, but this time, I agreed with every single word. It’s been time to fight back, not be pushed out of a country our ancestors built, blood, sweat, and tears. This is our country, “We the people…” includes us. STAY WOKE. Racists and racists supporters have several seats.

  9. specialt757 on said:

    “I will not listen to anybody whether they are a black Republican who agrees with him. Who voted for him. Who continues to apologize for him.

    And you will be named checked. You will be embarrassed. And you will not be invited to anything that involves black people.”
    I think he was speaking to Phonyrosa.

  10. Leemin Dickenson on said:

    What amaze me is that “trump” and ALL his henchmen are declaring war on Black Americans and it is Black Americans who are fighting to keep their so call lily white A… free. You want to
    take America back then you and your sons, grandson, and cousins go fight the wars.

  11. specialt757 on said:

    Roland was on one this morning. He was FIRED up as well we as black people should all be. I wish I could hear it again, I’m sure I will. But he spoke the whole truth and called out these black republicans who support the evil and poison their leader so freely spews.
    If black republicans were about their shit, they would call their racist president out and not rally behind his hateful rhetoric which is directed at them as well as anyone who looks nothing like him. How dumb can you be not to have seen him for who he is while on the campaign trial. He showed you who he was, didn’t you believe him?

    All of them are a bunch of “stevens (Samuel L. Jackson’s character)” from Django. You should be a shamed of yourselves for voting for this bold and brazin’ racist. Shame, shame, shame.

  12. As usual Roland spoke truth to power. Let’s wake up and smell the coffee. This country is being taking over by hate, by the so called leader of the free world.

  13. Prissy on said:

    They should get rid of all monuments on public property even those to Martin Luther King to be fair…lets we can not have our cake and eat it to…when will we stop the madness. Put them all in a museum.

  14. If nothing else-the incident in Charlottesville VA should have shown people of color-
    it is time for UNITY.

    Just as those RIGHT WING NUTS-KLAN-NAZI’s have all banded together-it is time for us
    to do the same.

    Stop wasting precious AMMO shooting and killing one another over dumb shit,
    have the luv we once had for each other and do what we gotta do.

    It is time to make Malcolm’s words come true-“BY ANY MEAN’S NECESSARY”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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