Wendy Williams has invited Roland Martin to her talk show. As you know, last week the talk show host made comments about Jesse Williams and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that offended some. The ‘say it like you mean it‘ host addressed the petition currently circulating about firing Jesse from Grey’s Anatomy. She shared that she sees both sides of the story and referenced his 2016 BET Awards speech. She said,
I must say to you, he was on BET. His speech was very poignant. On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically Black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP.
When her usually loyal studio audience sat there in dead silence, she added, laughing,
Look, everybody’s quiet. You’re leaving me out here to dry by myself? One wrong word — I’m choosing my words carefully, but what I am saying is racism s**ks and we can all do better in our household, educating ourselves and teaching our children to make it better.”
Revisiting the topic of HBCUs, she said,
National speeches like this will always rub people the wrong way just like white people will be offended because Spelman College is a historically Black college for women. You might feel funny about that. I know I’d feel funny, like I just told you. If there was a white college or whatever.
See the clip.
Roland Martin chimed in, comparing Wendy to Republican political commentator, Stacey Dash. Educating Wendy he asks:
Do you realize that the first president of the NAACP was white?
If you actually bothered to read something, you would realize that.
See the clip.
Wendy actually responded to Roland’s comments and further explains what she meant initially. See the clip below.
On Monday, she revealed that over the weekend she had a conversation with Roland and he educated her on the issue. In fact, she’s invited him to her talk show. See the clip below.
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