Roland Martin: Is This Generation Ready To Fight To Ensure Our Right To Vote?
Roland Martin, host of “NewsOne Now” was in Selma, AL for the Selma 50th Anniversary Jubilee commemoration.
While on location, Martin recorded a special commentary questioning if Generation X, Generation Y and the Millennials are prepared to step up and continue the fight for voting rights in America.
Martin who is known for getting to the crux of an issue went straight to the question that remains unanswered because would appears that so many in this current generation are not engaged. Is this generation “going to step up” and fight for what is right.
Martin also asked what will future generations say about their ancestors in this current day and time “in 2065 when there is the 100th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.””
“Will we just be talking about the foot soldiers in 1965 or will we be talking about modern day foot soldiers? Are we going to be talking about the folks involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement? Are we going to be focusing on restoring Section 4 of the voting rights act which the Supreme Court gutted? That is the real question.”
Martin explained that he talked with many of the elders in the Civil Rights movement during the momentous weekend, including leaders of SNCC, SCLC, NAACP and the Big Six Civil Rights Organizations and they all expressed similar concerns about the future of the movement.
All of them consistently said, “What is this generation going to do to step up,” said Martin.
“We see in Chicago the mayoral election, low turnout overall but low Black turnout. We saw it in mayoral elections in Detroit, we saw it in Atlanta, in Cincinnati, in Cleveland — all across the country.
So here we stand with the right to vote, here we stand with the ability to go to the ballot box, not have to pay for paperwork, not have to go through a poll tax, not have to remember or recite segment of the US Constitution — we now have the ability to actually vote. The real question is whether or not we’re going to use that ballot. Whether or not we’re going to use that power.”
The “NewsOne Now” host added, “We’re left with this challenge and we should be asking ourselves ‘What will they say about us 50 years from now?’”
“Will our children’s children say that this generation stood up? Will they say that the post Civil Rights movement babies, Generation X, Generation Y, the Millennial generation, will they say when they had their moment they seized the opportunity or will they say they simply slept their way through the eroding of the Voting Rights Act?”
Watch Roland Martin’s Selma 50the Anniversary Jubilee commentary in the video clip above.
Are you prepared to carry on the fight against staunch opposition to secure Voting Rights for future generations?
AG Eric Holder: Hopefully We Made All Those Who Made This Possible Proud
Roland Martin, host of “NewsOne Now” caught up with Attorney General Eric Holder during the Selma 50th Anniversary Jubilee festivities and spoke with him about about what this moment in time means.
With the Edmund Pettus Bridge just a few feet behind him, Holder told Martin, “This is hallowed ground.”
“Especially on the 50th [anniversary] as I’m leaving, it’s kind of emotional,” said Holder.
Holder, the nation’s first African American Attorney General, who has been a lightning rod in the political realm since being sworn into office by President Barack Obama then said, “Hopefully we did proud the folks who made this possible, hopefully we made them proud.”
“We think about Bobby Kennedy when we celebrated the 50th anniversary of him getting sworn in in 2011. We thought about him in the 50 years we looked back and he did a great job. In 50 years what will they say about the DOJ.”
Fit!Live!Win! Eating For Activism: How Healthy Eating Is A Social Justice Issue
Best Selling Author Tryce McQuirter joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the vegan diet and how healthy eating is a social justice issue.
McQuirter explained to Martin social justice and food are related. She credits comedian, actor and civil rights activist Dick Gregory for her turning to veganism.
“When we look at Ferguson and we look at #BlackLivesMatter, we find that the report from Operation Ghetto Storm showed that 300 Black people are killed every year from vigilantes, police officers and security officers. At the same time the Centers for Disease Control reports that 300,000 African Americans die from preventable diet related diseases every year.”
Both of the stats highlight by McQuirter are both tragic and should be classified a crises. “That’s why it’s really important that we see what we eat as not only a personal choice, but as a real justice health issue.”
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.