— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) September 25, 2015
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele Discloses the Disconnect within the Republican Party
WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEPT. 25, 2015 – Today on News One Now,host and managing editor Roland S. Martin spoke with Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele about Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s comments regarding his hopes to receive more of the Black vote through “hope and not free stuff”. Panelist Community Strategist Joia Jefferson-Nuri chimed in on the discussion saying she “resents the idea of all conservatives or anybody who thinks what they are doing to African-Americans is giving us free stuff.”
Additional quotes from the conversation are below.
“I resent the idea of all conservatives or anybody who thinks what they are doing to African-Americans is giving us free stuff. You rip a race of people from their land, enslave them, pass laws that limit their ability to learn, have families, be part of the structure, where to live and go to school. You look up and you have a race of people who are dependent on you. This is reparations. This is not free stuff. This is based on your political system which was created for a people who could not do on their own.” – Communications Strategist Joia Jefferson-Nuri
“That’s what’s been brewing within the GOP for the last 15, 20 years. It is scripted with where the country is which is why the party is so out of step. It repeats missteps over and over. This narrative we have now about the Black community and the outreach effort is a canard in so many ways. Examples we have seen demonstrates how disconnected the party is. The idea of connected with Black folks is one thing. Actually doing it, well, this is what we get. You need to understand what you said and why it was nuts. I have said it. I have had an open invitation…If you don’t come to talk to Black people and hear from Black people you will never actually connect with Black people.” –Former RNC Chairman, Michael Steele
Also on today’s show, Roland S. Martin and panelists Joia Jefferson-Nuri, Lawyer A. Scott Bolden, Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, and Pastor Dr. Donald Morton of The Perfect Life Church spoke about the role mental health plays in Black community surrounding recent police brutality cases. In Wilmington, DE, police officers shot Jeremy McDole while in his wheelchair after being called to the scene for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Panelists quotes can be found below.
“[This is] insufficient for de-escalation. The theory that if you feel threatened you have a right to shoot has to be killed off. We have to stop giving permission. We have to deescalate. That man could have been tased. He’s in a wheelchair. For me it’s the lack of community policing in the sense that both points have been made that you focus on de-escalation as opposed to escalation. –Joia Jefferson-Nuri
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