NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Sellouts, Uncle Toms And Plantation Politics


What’s with Republicans and conservatives referencing plantations and slavery with they are trying to attract Black voters away from Democrats? Do they really think African Americans will flock to their side of the political spectrum as a result of these types of comments? And what is a sellout or an Uncle Tom? Roland Martin opens the phone lines on “NewsOne Now” for your comments and assertions.

Pastor Corey Brooks joined Martin on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the backlash he is receiving from supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner in Illinois. After coming out in support of Rauner, Brooks’ has received death threats and his church was broken into.

A special election investigation by Al Jazeera America and journalist Greg Palast uncovered a series of Republican lead anti-voter fraud actions that may be targeting millions of minorities.

Republican officials in 27 states have launched a massive new campaign against voter fraud, using a computer name-matching system to claim that over 3 million citizens voted twice in the last election.  The list they are using is based on common Black, Hispanic and Asian names like John Jackson, Jose Rodriguez, and David Lee. This GOP lead action could prevent millions of  voters from taking part in this year’s midterm elections.

Palast spoke with Roland Martin, host of “NewsOne Now” and the Straight talk panel (Angela Rye, Robert Traynham and Kim Brown) via Skype about this massive voter purge.

Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code, joined Martin on “NewsOne Now” to talk about getting Black youth involved in technology and coding. Bryant’s organization provides pre-teen girls of color the opportunity to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.

Former gang leader, John Turnipseed, joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to share his personal story of triumph over the streets and how he is reaching back to pull others out.

During their discussion, Tunipseed explained how the impact of a father’s love, the power of mentoring young Black men and holding them accountable for their actions can change many at-risk African American males lives around. 

Turnipseed’s book, “Bloodline,” chronicles his life from being a gang leader, drug dealer and pimp to becoming one of the nation’s most respected pioneers of community restoration.

All that and more in this special edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.