Black Churches Burned: Are Our Houses Of Worship Under Attack?
A number of predominantly Black houses of worship have burned since the Emanuel AME Church shooting. Roland Martin and NewsOne Now question if the suspected acts of arson are hate crimes conducted in retaliation for calls to have the Confederate flag removed from the South Carolina State Capitol grounds.
Is Focusing On Forgiveness In The Wake Of AME Shooting Deflecting Our Attention From The Overlying Issue Of Racism?
In the aftermath of the Emanuel AME Church shooting, many are focusing on the forgiving nature of the African community, but is all this discussion of forgiveness deflecting our attention from the overlying issues of racism and hate in America?
Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now Straight Talk Panel discussed whether we should be more focused on the racism and hate that produced Dylann Roof, versus forgiving him for his actions.
NewsOne Now panelist Cleo Manago believes focusing on the issue of forgiveness “is a deflection from looking at what’s going on here with hatred and racist attacks on Black people.”
He added, “To me, it’s trying to deflect how deep this is — how horrible this is — and make sure Black people keep forgiving White folks, so there will be no resistance to the racist oppression that we’re dealing with as a result of an assassination of a Black leader.”
Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. did not agree with Mango’s point of view, saying the Christian value of forgiveness gives America a positive “starting point” to come together to say that “we’re all one.”
“It wasn’t just about forgiving, it was the FBI and other White leaders deflecting what went on here — saying it was not terrorism — it’s a whole semblance of things to keep Black people in the trance, in this state of fatigue and feeling powerless and questioning our righteous anger so it can be dissipated.”
She Took It Down! Bree Newsome Climbs Flagpole & Takes Down The Confederate Flag From The SC Statehouse Grounds
Activist and North Carolina educator Bree Newsome climbed a 30-foot flag pole and snatched the Confederate flag down from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds.
On Monday, Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now Straight Talk Panel discussed Newsome doing what South Carolina politicians are seem to be afraid to do, take down that flag.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast