President Barack Obama met with Black Lives Matter leaders, civil rights activists, faith, law enforcement and elected leaders from across the country. Mr. Obama brought the group together to have a conversation about ways to keep people safe, build community trust, and ensure justice for all Americans.
Two of the meetings attendees, Judith Browne Dianis, Civil Rights Attorney and Executive Director, of the Advancement Project and Sherrilyn Ifill, the President and Director -Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund spoke with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now about Pres. Obama’s discussion on community policing.
Donald Trump Declines Invitation To NAACP Convention And An Opportunity To Speak With ‘The African Americans’
Donald Trump is saying “thanks, but no thanks” to speaking at the NAACP convention in Cincinnati next week.
Trump’s campaign didn’t say why, however Trump will be attending the Republican National Convention, which is just north of Cincinnati in Cleveland. NAACP President Cornell Brooks says Trump missed an opportunity to talk to the African-American community.
Roland Martin Clashes With White Supremacist Over White Angst, Donald Trump
Richard Spencer, president of The National Policy Institute and founder of the Radix Journal, and a self-described identitarian who supports White supremacist views, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to share why White voters are so angry.
Spencer told Martin that Donald Trump “brings an existential quality to the presidential campaign that wasn’t there before.”
When Martin challenged Spencer about Trump “pushing the buttons of White supremacists and White nationalists” with his rhetoric, The National Policy Institute founder denied the existence of White supremacists in the group and speaking for himself said, “We do not believe that Whites are superior to everyone else, so they should lord over everyone else.”
He added, “We believe that White people are unique; we have a heritage that is traced back to Europe, we’re a distinct people that has had a historical experience. We’re a distinct people that has certain myths, a certain world view, and genetics is certainly a strong aspect of that.”
Remembering ‘The Complete Muhammad Ali’
Muhammad Ali’s legacy of pride in culture and country is especially powerful in these times of palpable racial tension. It’s been a little over a month since his death and many have waxed poetic about his ability to bring the races together.
Ali biographer, Ishmael Reed, cautions those who hold up the champs work on race relations on the one hand and demonize the Black Lives Matter movement on the other. In his new book “The Complete Muhammad Ali” he says:
“They cannot comprehend why many intelligent, young, black men, including Muhammad Ali, and some of those I interviewed for this book, and thousands of other young men whose entry into the middle class was launched by the Nation of Islam, or the Black Panther Party, were attracted to these movements.
Despite their well-documented flaws, carried in one-sided commentary, these institutions not only taught them discipline but also introduced them to an intellectual life.”
Ismael Reed joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss his book and the legacy of Muhammad Ali.
All that and more in this special edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast