NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Texas A&M Pushes Back Against Alt-Right Speaker Richard Spencer, Louisiana Sheriff’s Bizarre Race Rant, Can Rev. Barber’s Fusion Politics Help Dems In 2018 & 2020?

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Texas A&M Responds To White Nationalist’s Appearance With Counter-Event, Protest

White Nationalist Richard Spencer brought his message of exclusion and bigotry to Texas A&M University on Tuesday night and was met with a protest demonstration and a university-sponsored counter-event titled “Aggies United.”

Spencer, who was not invited by Texas A&M officials but was allowed to speak due to free speech, espoused his belief that Whites conquered the North American continent and that “America belongs to White men.” The President of the National Policy Institute went so far as to say, “America can’t exist without us – we defined it. This country does belong to White people – culturally, politically, socially … we define what America is.”

On Wednesday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin and his panel of guests discussed Spencer’s appearance, the protest against him and the “Aggies United” event, hosted by Hill Harper.

Texas A&M President On Spencer Address: ‘We Did Not Invite Him, We Did Not Want Him Here’

Texas A&M President Michael K. Young spoke with Martin during a NewsOne Now / Tom Joyner Morning Show simulcast about yesterday’s events. Young told Martin “virtually everyone” on campus has denounced Spencer and reminded viewers that Texas A&M did not invite the Alt-Right leader to speak at the University. 

Young said, “We did not invite him, we did not want him here. Nobody from the university, no student organization, nobody invited him here.”

Can Rev. William Barber’s Political Fusion Movement Help Democrats?

After an abysmal 2016 election season, there was one bright spot for Democrats: the state of North Carolina.

Despite all the battleground states won by President-elect Donald Trump, Democrats made gains in North Carolina down-ballot races.

Now that North Carolina will have a Democratic governor and a left-leaning state Supreme Court, political analysts are looking at the state to ascertain why it did not fully get swept up in the Trump mania.

Rev. William Barber, head of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the rise of “Fusion Politics” in the South and how the Moral Monday movement should be duplicated around the country.

Louisiana Sheriff’s Bizarre Race Rant Raises Eyebrows

The man accused of killing former NFL player Joe McKnight was charged with manslaughter on Tuesday, but it’s Louisiana Sheriff Newell Normand‘s bizarre rant that has everyone talking.

During a news conference announcing the charges, Normand repeated a series of offensive phrases and racially insensitive remarks levied against him, adding another level of perceived bias at a time when inequality in the criminal justice system is in the spotlight.

Morris Reed, president of the New Orleans Branch of the NAACP, spoke with Roland Martin Wednesday on NewsOne Now about the incident.

Reed was pleased with the arrest of Ronald Gasser, the man accused in McKnight’s fatal shooting last week during a road rage incident in Terrytown, Louisiana, but said the sheriff should have immediately charged Gasser instead of releasing him. He was later charged with manslaughter.

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

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