Hey @rolandsmartin, It’s bad journalism (and manners) to ask someone a question, not allow them to answer, and insert your own response.

Your problem is you think I’m a partisan like you. I can assure you I’m not. I have certain values that are anchored in a biblical worldview.
That’s why I believe that people are made in the image of God and that their value is inherent—NOT dependent on whether they are wanted by their parents, how they were conceived, or how other people feel about them.
You have guests who compare women who travel cross-state for an abortion to slaves searching for freedom on the Underground Railroad. They see FEWER black kids being born as a form of liberation.
On top of that you have “moral” leaders like Rev. Barber who partners w/Planned Parenthood the same way Margaret Sanger suggested black ministers do 80 years ago.
Somehow his Bible references slide right past the properly exegeted meaning of a text and end up with calls for more government programs. For guys like him and Sen. Warnock, the Bible is primarily an allegorical text—like Aesop’s fables with a clergy collar wrapped around it.
I believe people have agency and the capacity to make individual decisions. I don’t think we are pawns on a chessboard who need elects officials moving us around based on THEIR priorities.
I also believe in the importance of marriage and centrality of the nuclear family. You couldn’t pay most black Democratic leaders to talk about marriage in relation to social and economic outcomes.
When I search “Roland Martin + nuclear family” the first video that pops up is you talking to BLM and LGBT intersectionality. I know GLAAD pressed you pretty hard 9 years ago but it would be nice if ppl like you could raise the state of the black family every so often.
In fact, it would’ve been nice if you asked the founders of BLM why they never mention “men” in ANY of their 13 original principles AND why they want to disrupt the nuclear family.
I also believe in the influence of culture and contend that any culture that glorifies/commodifies death & destruction is in for trouble. I think Cardi B is cancerous to the culture. You think she’s harmless and prefer to take Busta Rhymes to task for being against mask mandates.
All you sell is political power. But to what end? Black liberals support abortion, oppose school choice and vouchers, think government an solve all of our problems, join forces with grifting activists who sell “black power” online but move to lily-white neighborhoods.
They only want national attention on black lives that are taken at white hands. A self-governing and self-reliant people don’t need bureaucrats to run their lives. I know that’s hard for you to fathom because every problem in society you think needs a government solution.
You have on Time Wise, Jane Elliott, and Robin DiAngelo as if race-hatred is a more pressing issue for black folk than self-hatred in 2021. Our babies are being mowed down in the streets but you focus on “Walmart Karens”. I know what your priorities are. We are not the same.

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