NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Bill Clinton Regrets Spat With BLM Protesters, Apparently Pres. Obama Does Not Regret SCOTUS Nomination & Dismisses Criticism


Bill Clinton Expresses Regret for Black Lives Matter Spat

Bill Clinton expressed regret after clashing with Black Lives Matter protesters, but disregarded the impact of the 1994 Crime Bill on the African American community.

Pres. Obama Dismisses SCOTUS Diversity Criticism With Controversial Comment

President Barack Obama finally commented on his selection of Merrick Garland, a White man, as his choice for the next Supreme Court Justice.

Last week, while visiting the University of Chicago where he taught constitutional law for over ten years, President Obama explained his selection process, saying:

“At no point did I say, ‘You know what? I need a black lesbian from Skokie in that slot. Can you find me one?’”

During Monday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin and his panel of guests discussed Mr. Obama’s interesting comments and whether his remarks explain why he did not select a Black woman to sit on the highest court in the land.

What Are The Benefits Of Black-Owned Charter Schools?

When the charter school movement began, skeptics said public charter schools would serve a more advantaged, less diverse student population than traditional public schools. That has not necessarily been the case.

During the 2014-2015 school year, nearly half a million Black students were enrolled in charter schools and more than half a million Hispanic students were enrolled in charter schools. In addition to that, charter schools are serving 56 percent of students from low-income families, compared to 52 percent of their peers at public schools across the country.

Studies that examine long-term outcomes, like high school graduation, college attendance, and future earnings for charter school students, consistently cite that charter schools are producing significant positive results.

Author Has Words “For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood…And The Rest Of Y’all Too”

While students of color make up half of the American student population, only 17 percent of teachers are minorities. That means millions of our children are being taught by people who do not look like them, and may not understand where they’re coming from.

Educator and author Chris Emdin has some practical advice for teachers who want to more effectively teach and reach Black students and has detailed these practices in his new book, “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood and the Rest of Y’all too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education.”

Emdin joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss his book, how teachers can connect with African-American students, and called out other educators who he accuses of making kids “pawns” in their charter school experiments.

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

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