NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Bill De Blasio’s Progressive Contract With America Leaves Out Blacks


NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Progressive Contract With America Leaves African-Americans Out

On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled what is being called a “progressive contract with America.”

De Blasio’s 13-point plan includes:

  • Universal pre-kindergarten
  • Paid family leave
  • $15 minimum wage
  • Higher taxes on the wealthy
  • Opposition to unfair trade laws
  • Comprehensive immigration reform

All of these items highlighted sound wonderful, but according Roland Martin, something is missing.

Martin, host of NewsOne Now, explained the “progressive contract with America” lacks language addressing:

  • Police brutality
  • Schools not jails
  • Mass incarceration

“Why is it that White progressives somehow can’t focus on those issues, yet somehow, as Rashad Robinson of [says], ‘they present these nice sort of race neutral policies that they want Black folks to get behind.”

NewsOne Now panelist Avis Jones-DeWeever, a leadership strategist, told Martin, “The sad reality of this, this is progressive.”

“Progressive is very White-washed. When have they ever frankly focused on issues that specifically address the conditions of the Black community — few and far between.”

So the sad reality is, I’m not surprised about the points that he [Mayor Bill de Blasio] has included in his contract with America … the reality is that has become the norm as it relates to progressive leaders. They conveniently forget about Black folks until they’re begging us for our votes.”

Watch Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now Straight Talk panel discuss New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “progressive contract with America” in the video clip above.

Cops Gone Wild: Video Shows Colorado Springs “Driving While Black” Traffic Stop

Two brothers, Benjamin and Ryan Brown, were stopped for DWB (Driving While Black) in Colorado Springs, CO.

Ryan, who was a passenger in the car, recorded the so-called routine traffic stop via mobile phone, in which officers gave no cause as to why their vehicle was stopped and the brothers subsequently detained.

On Tuesday, Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now Straight Talk panel discussed the disturbing Colorado Springs incident and how vitally important the cell phone recording of the incident was in bringing this injustice to the forefront.

As a result of the video, the ACLU of Colorado has taken up the Brown brothers’ case, citing they were handcuffed, searched, then detained without reason or fault.

During Tuesday’s NewsOne Now segment, panelist Avis Jones-DeWeever highlighted the ACLU’sMobile Justice App that can be used to record an incident with law enforcement officers and then send the recording to the organization.


The ACLU of Missouri Mobile Justice smartphone app was created to empower individuals to hold Missouri law enforcement agencies accountable for their actions. It has four main features:

Record- allows citizens to capture exchanges between police officers and themselves or other community members in audio and video files that are automatically emailed to the ACLU of Missouri.

Witness- gives citizens the option to alert nearby Mobile Justice App users when they are stopped by police so that they can move toward the location and document the interaction.

Report- gives citizens the option to provide a more-detailed account of their interactions with police in an incident report, which will be transmitted directly to the ACLU of Missouri.

Panelist Delegate Jay Walker, Chair of Price George’s County House Delegation, had some reservations about recording encounters with law enforcement.

He told Martin, host of NewsOne Now, that he was “conflicted” with the notion of citizens recording their encounters with law enforcement, saying, “with social media, everybody is trying to record everything right-away, but you’re going to have to go back to the type of protocol that you have to have with law enforcement when they come along.”

Black Dads Matter: Are Fathers Really Optional & Irrelevant?

Author Josh Levs has been standing up for fathers since he fought and won his own battle for paternity leave.


When journalist and fatherhood columnist Josh Levs was denied fair parental leave by his employer after his child was born, he fought back—and won. In the process, he became a leading advocate for modern families. In All In, he shows how fatherhood today is far different from previous generations and what it means for our individual lives, families, workplaces, and society.

Since his battle, Levs has uncovered some surprising statistics about modern-day fathers. The author ofAll In and former CNN’er joined Roland Martin Tuesday on NewsOne Now to discuss these stats and his book, All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, And Businesses – And How We Can Fix It Together.

“When you look at the structures we have — being the only country with a developed economy that does not have paid maternity leave, making paternity leave so difficult to get for so many people in this country — it’s all based on the assumption that the woman is going to do the parenting, the woman is going to stay at home — and if there is a man he is going to be the one that is focused on bringing home the bacon and that is going to be his role.”

Levs explained, “That’s not the reality anymore.”

He also discussed the misconceptions of African-American fathers saying, “Dads who live with their kids are really involved, they’re [spending] an average of three hours per-day with them.” 

Levs expounded on his findings about fathers, highlighting that Black dads “are doing the best of all dads in America.”

“When you look at the statistics, Black dads who live with their kids are reading to them the most, bathing them, dressing them, taking really good care of them and yet we do have this overall perspective that dads are optional, dads are not relevant, and that’s really bad for all us, especially for kids.”

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

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