Roland Martin Breaks Down What’s Next For The #BlackLivesMatter Movement
In the wake of the Department of Justice’s scathing report on the Ferguson Police Department and their racially biased procedures, Roland Martin, host of “NewsOne Now” shared his perspective on what the next steps in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement should be.
Martin told viewers of TV One’s morning news show, “We can’t simply get emotional, be upset, be mad based upon what we saw in the report from the Department of Justice.” According to Martin, we should all pay attention to what is happening in our own local police departments.
“We can put all the attention on Ferguson … but there are numerous Fergusons all across the country. So the question then becomes how are we holding our police chiefs accountable, our city managers, our mayors, our elected officials.”
The emphatic “NewsOne Now” host highlighted the fact that there is an election coming up in Ferguson next week and questioned how many people would turn out to participate.
Martin then turned his focus to the various individuals who traveled to Ferguson to protest, hold news conferences and to participate in television and radio interviews about 18-year-old Mike Brown. “Have they gone back to talk about how do you mobilize and organize folks to vote,” Martin asked.
He also highlighted the abysmal Black voter turnout in Chicago for their mayoral election saying. “The exact same thing is happening in Chicago on April 7. There is a runoff election and there are 700k African Americans in that city and less than 150k voted in the initial election.”
“Are civil rights leaders, NAACP, National Urban League, National Action Network and so many others — are they going down to Chicago to say how do we mobilize and organize people to get out to vote,” Martin continued.
Martin then began to layout what we must do in order to start forcing change in our communities.
In order for us to change this system, it requires folks to stay in their lane.”
“Lawyers have a lane, activists have a lane, corporate folks have a lane, entrepreneurs have a lane, media folks have a lane … when it comes to staying in your lane, it means you must drive.”
“That means you must [actually be] moving down the path to progress and so we should be challenging people to change the laws, to create special prosecutors anytime a cop is involved in a shooting.”
“It means us changing the grand jury proceedings as well. It means us making sure you have to get legislative changes in addition to simply protesting.
Martin who believes people should take their concerns to the street and protest added, “It can’t be just disruptive, it can’t be just we’re gonna block a freeway. If you block the freeway on Monday, my question is what’s the policy change on Tuesday?”
Where Are The Jobs Of Tomorrow? University Of Phoenix Details The Best Majors For A Lucrative Career
Where are the jobs of the future, what are the top five careers students should be preparing for in their post high school education? If you were preparing to go to college do you know what areas of study would put you in high demand and lead to a lucrative career?
On Thursday, Roland Martin, host of “NewsOne Now” spoke with Dr. Pamela Roggeman,
Academic Dean at the University of Phoenix College of Education and Josh D. Shapiro, Ph.D, Director of Research and Evaluation at the University of California, San Diego Extensionabout the top five careers students should be preparing for on their “Road to Success.”
Martin asked Shapiro and Roggeman, “How do we get the next generation to understand, you must think about the jobs that are going to be paying tomorrow verses jobs that are on the decline, where they’re shedding jobs and not growing?”
Shapiro told Martin, “Four out of the five hot careers involve computers, information technology and data. This means we should encourage students to develop a strong understanding of math and analytical skills.”
He continued, “This isn’t to take away from passion and interest, but to make a fully informed decision, to understand where the jobs of the tomorrow are students need data, and that is the purpose of our project.”
According to the 2014 Hot Careers for College Graduates, UC San Diego Extension
report the “Top 5 Careers for College Students” are:
While looking at this list of top careers for college students many may question why Elementary School Teachers are included.
Roggeman explained why teaching, which has a median income of #53,400 per year has become one of the “Top 5 Careers for College Students.”
“All throughout the United States there is a major teacher shortage which is only going to increase because we have all of the baby boomers ready to leave the career.”
She added, in Arizona, “We have almost 1000 classrooms unstaffed in March, which means school districts have been searching the entire year and still have not found teachers, and it’s not just in math and science classrooms and special-ed classrooms — that’s elementary classrooms, that’s all across the board.”
If you major in education to become a classroom teacher, you’re going to find a job.”
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.