A very dapper and extremely well prepared Roland Martin appeared on Wendy Williams’ talk show to school Williams on the need for HBCUs, the NAACP and also to explain why the #BlackLivesMatter movement is so important. His unscheduled appearance was prompted by his response to Williams’ ignorant comments regarding the relevance of HBCUs and the NAACP. In Martin’s comments directed at Williams’ uninformed statements, he advised Williams to read a book and to “shut the hell up” about issues she’s not well versed on. This prompted Williams to have an offline conversation with Martin and ended with the spur-of-the-moment appearance on yesterday’s show.
During the interview between Williams and Martin, which felt more like an actual college lecture (of course with Martin being the professor), Williams, whose style is more animated and normally much more drama-filled, appeared to be overly muted when it came to Martin’s lecture, often nodding her head in agreement, and rarely interjecting her thoughts and opinions. To Williams’ credit, she did admit to her ignorance by stating, “I stand corrected,” to which the audience applauded.
Martin, who appeared to be secure in his knowledge, came with fact after fact, helping to substantiate the necessity of HBCUs and the NAACP’s existence. He then took everyone to school by supporting the indispensable need for the #BlackLivesMatter movement by saying “… the reason #BlackLivesMatter has been so successful is because they have forced the most rigorous discussion on police brutality and accountability in the history of America. We have never seen this level of discussion in America’s history.”
Martin made other significant points during his “lesson” that included his opinion on the infamous street code of “Don’t Snitch.” He emphatically stated that “Cops talk about ‘don’t snitch in the streets.’ The greatest don’t snitch policy in America is in police departments. They don’t want to talk. They don’t want to turn each other in. And that’s a problem.”
Take a look at the segment below. Let us know your thoughts. Do you think Martin took Williams to school? We want to hear from you.