Promoting his upcoming TV One program “News One Now,” Roland Martin sat down with a handful of African American journalists on Wednesday following his TCA panel…and the conversation inevitably turned to the polarizing political climate surrounding the George Zimmerman verdict.
It appears as if someone in the conservative movement sent out a memo instructing its TV operatives to challenge African American outrage over Zimmerman’s acquittal by pointing out the lack of equal outrage over Chicago’s rampant black on black crime. Everyone from Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, to radio host Larry Elder to right wing rocker Ted Nugent has fallen in lockstep with the “Chicago” response, which has gone largely unchallenged.
“They say, ‘Well where have folks been on the violence in Chicago?’ Well where have you been?,” said Martin pointing the finger back at conservatives who hold this viewpoint. Just this week, Martin publicly challenged O’Reilly to debate this specific talking point on his program.
“You wanna have this conversation Bill, then pick up the phone and call me. I’m not scared of you,” said Martin.
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