All over America people are demanding accountability in cases of police conduct and misconduct. Why does it seem as though police are able to hide behind the “blue line” when an officer’s actions result in the death of African Americans? Roland Martin shares his views and takes your calls during the radio portion of “NewsOne Now.”
Saying his emotions “got the best of” him, Michael Brown’s stepfather apologized Wednesday for urging a Ferguson, Mo., crowd to “burn this b*tch down” after a grand jury refused to indict a White officer in the fatal shooting his stepson, NBC News reports.
Should Mike Brown’s stepdad be charged with inciting a riot for his public outburst after learning of the Darren Wilson grand jury’s decision?
Roland Martin and this week’s “Wildin’ Out Wednesday” comedians’ panel joked about exchanging Christmas gifts with co-workers and NBA Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley, upsetting everyone with his recent comments about the Ferguson grand jury decision.
Martin, who admitted that the NBA analyst had angered a lot of people with his Ferguson statements, jokingly asked the panel, “Which one of y’all want to fight Charles Barkley?”
Alycia Cooper responded, “Isn’t this the same guy that said he is not a role model? Why is he talking at all about this stuff?”
“[Barkley] is always taking the antithetical viewpoint on whatever is going on,” Cooper continued.
Listen to all of the laughs below as Martin and the panel chop it up over Martin’s pocket square, that according to Huggy Lowdown, resembles a pair of panties, Shep Kelly’s business attire line and exchanging Christmas gifts at work.
Prior to then Sen. Barack Obama being inaugurated, West promised to be a “major critic” after being an ardent supporter for Obama as he campaigned to capture the nation’s highest office.
West recounted 65 events that he attended in various cities while Mr. Obama was on the campaign trail, beginning in Iowa and leading up “all the way to the last moments of the campaign.”
West said he “would do it again.”
“I was just hoping that he [President Barack Obama] wouldn’t be a Wall Street president, not a drone president. Not a president who would extend national surveillance and I thought he was going to hit the new Jim Crow. I thought he was going to hit the prison industrial complex.”
West went on to comment about the state of education in the African American community saying, “Education is not in any way providing the kind of affirmation of their intelligence and imagination. Rich kids get taught, poor kids get tested … and at the same time we got the police coming at our young people.”
He continued, “mass incarceration and miseducation has genocidal effects on our young folk and I thought as president he [President Obama] would at least use the bully pulpit and at least push policies that would try to target the deplorable plight of our precious young folk.
You can listen to his entire commentary in a previously released edition of the “NewsOne Now” Audio Podcast, The Cornel West Black Prophetic Fire Podcast.
All that and more in this special edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.