Wendy Williams Shows Great Humility While Roland Matin Explains The Importance Of HBCUs
Wendy Williams drank a warm cup of humble tea Thursday morning (July 14) when the seasoned radio personality turned talk show host invited Roland Martin to apologize for her controversial remarks about the importance of the NAACP and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
"I saw the rant and I wanted to reach out and I've never been scared to face being wrong and we were talking on the phone for so long that I said 'just come to the show to educate us all' So first, I want to apologize to everyone that I might've offended regarding my remarks, apology and I was wrong," Williams said.
Williams ruffled a few feathers when she denounced the importance of HBCU's and the NAACP, which prompted the NewsOne Now host to issue a scathing retort. The two have since put their disagreement to rest and Martin sat with Williams to explain his stance, and educate audience members.
"When folks say 'Why do we need the NAACP?' I'll lay out to you like this here: The first slave came to America 1619, the Emancipation Proclamation signed in 1863, the 13th Amendment ratified in 1865, reconstruction goes to 1877 then there's this great compromise where Rutherford B. Hayes becomes president, they pull the troops out of the south Jim Crow starts. Now you go all the way through the 20th century, 1960s, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, Fair Housing Rights Act. If you had to place a marker on when black folks were technically fully free Americans, it's 1970. That's only 46 years. I'm 47!"
Martin's shrewd historical knowledge merited a round of applause from the studio audience as he continued. "Black people have been forcing America to live up to its ideals that all men are created equal, but the reality is, that was nice on paper," Martin says.
For 10 minutes, Williams and Martin discuss the state of African Americans in this country and what he thinks can be done to fix the issue. Watch the insightful conversation below.