In this edition of The Roland Martin Show we discuss the notion of forgiveness in America and how African Americans are supposed to forgive atrocities comitted against us.
After the Charleston mass shooting national media discussed how the victims families forgave Dylann Roof for the deaths of their family members. A year later, in the wake of the Dallas sniper attack none of the national media sources have asked the family members of those officers who lost their lives if they forgive Micah Johnson for the heinous act he committed last week.
Is there a double standard in America when it comes to forgiving atrocities committed against African Americans and when horrible acts are committed against Whites?
Listen to Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Congressional testimony addressing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal email server to conduct official business.
During her appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, Lynch defended the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server. The Attorney General of the United Statesdeclinedd to discuss specefics, but did say she was “extremely proud of the tremendous work of the dedicated prosecutors and agents.”
Dr. Brian Williams, an emergency room surgeon who attended to many of the police officers critically and fatally wounded by Micah Johnson during a protest in Dallas last week spoke to reporters about his experiences after the shooting.
Williams told reporters, “I stand with the Dallas Police Department, I stand with law enforcement all over this country…I understand the anger and the frustration and distrust of law enforcement, but they are not the problem. The problem is the lack of open discussions about the impact of race relations in this country.”
He also said, “I want the Dallas police officers to see me, a Black man, and understand that I support you, I will defend you, and I will care for you. That doesn’t mean that I do not fear you.”
Martin discusses the impact the Black Lives Matter movement is having on social change and forcing conservative voices to take notice. Martin said, “I love how Black Lives Matter is driving Bill O’Reilly crazy.” He added O’Reilly and other conservatives are “used to driving the narrative and they can’t handle the level of accountability that is happening as a result.”
Listen to Fox New Host Bill O’Reilly’s comments from a recent edition of The O’Reilly Factor where the controversial host essentially blames Black Lives Matter for the killings in Dallas.
Dr. Michael Lomax joins today’s conversation to discuss college prep for African American families.
Dr. Lomax is the president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund. The UNCF supports more than 60,000 students each year, getting them “to and through” college; fights for college readiness for high school and middle school students; and advocates for educational reform at the highest level.
During his appearance on The Roland Martin Show, Dr. Lomax addresses parents’ concerns about paying for college, how parents should focus on college planning early, and what are some things they can do to prepare financially for the expense of a higher education.
All that and more in this special edition of “The Roland Martin Show” Audio Podcast.