Newt Agrees To Meet With Rev. Sharpton, Roland Martin, Others To Discuss Black Issues

Source: Cameron Joseph / The Hill

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Newt Gingrich was confronted by a black man outside Tommy’s Country Ham House, who questioned him on his comments on having poor children work as janitors.

The man said what Gingrich was asking for amounted to a “new form of slavery” and would force young African Americans to drop out of school.

Gingrich engaged the man, speaking levelly and holding eye contact with him. He said that he suggested the jobs so that “They can get paid — they’d go to school, stay in school instead of dropping out.”

The man persisted. “You say you want Afro-Americans to come into your political party but you’ve ratcheted [your rhetoric] up since you got down here,” he said.

“What I’ve said is I’d like every young American of every ethnic background to have a job,” Gingrich responded. “How does that ratchet it up?”

The man then said he’d spoken with Rev. Al Sharpton and asked Gingrich to meet with him, Roland Martin of CNN, Ben Jealous of the NAACP and Juan Williams.

“Sure — glad to do it,” Gingrich said. “I’d be willing to do it. I know Al.

“The protester kept pushing for the meeting as Gingrich talked, demanding that he meet with the black community. 

Gingrich nodded his head after the man interrupted him, and agreed. “Sure — and find a way to have everybody have a chance for a better future,” he said.

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  • Janice Washington

    What a complete waste of time.  He has already shown you and told you who he is.  He’ll do anything possible to appease his racist base.  He’s going to play you (or attempt to) and go back to his Klan and tell them your thoughts and use them against you. He will perceive you as weak and treat the remainder of the black community accordingly.  Mark my words. 

  • Anonymous

    If I were in Roland Martin’s position, I would have loved to interview someone like Newt Gingrich on the particular issue about going to the NAACP Convention, telling African American about demanding jobs, not food stamps. I would love to confront him, and ask him, why single out black folks, and go to places where we all know that there are more whites than blacks that are on food stamps. One of many questions that I would like to ask. 

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