As a part of NewsOne Now’s special coverage of the 46th annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Conference, Roland Martin and a select panel of guests look at the state of the 2016 Presidential campaign and dissected a perplexing group of Donald Trump supporters.
Recent polls indicate that the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is tightening, but is it cause for concern for Democrats?
According to Martin, Clinton’s fall in the polls and Trump’s apparent rise is not a big deal because this year’s presidential election will come down to approximately four or five states.
During Thursday’s Congressional Black Caucus panel discussion addressing reshaping the criminal justice system and the role activists play in the movement to address issues affecting African-Americans, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) spoke about the oppression Blacks have faced throughout the history of this nation.
Since the first Africans set foot on American soil in 1619, Blacks have faced an insurmountable level of oppression despite the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, reconstruction after the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. African-Americans have “not been able to breathe.”
Jeffries drew a direct parallel between the plight of Africans in America with the final words spoken by Eric Garner, who died after being placed in an illegal chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
Congressman Jeffries said, “I’ve often reflected on the fact that those words, I can’t breathe, if you would just change the first one – we can’t breathe – in many ways represents the struggle of African-Americans in this country.”
Former Essence Editor-In-Chief Susan Taylor Talks Black Money And Wealth
Susan L. Taylor, the former Essence Magazine Editor-in-Chief and founder and CEO of National CARES, delivered a dynamic speech at the about wealth, value, and ownership in the African-American community.
Taylor’s speech on wealth and prosperity addressed how the “undisciplined pursuit of more” can keep us from progressing individually and collectively as a community.
Her poignant speech also revealed how “each of us has everything we need to live free and fully and wonderful.”
She cautioned, “It doesn’t mean that our lives will not fall apart.” What it does mean is that if calamity strikes, we “can use it as a wake-up call.”
Harry Belafonte Discusses The Stigma Of Rape Accusations And Black Men
In the fifth and final portion of Roland Martin’s exclusive interview with living legend, Mr. B discusses the legacy he hopes to leave behind and breaks down how the stigma of rape has scarred the perception of black men.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast