Roland Martin Is Not GLAAD… : ThyBlackMan

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Roland Martin Is Not GLAAD…

February 9, 2012 by  
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( I originally had absolutely no intention of writing about the recent flap surrounding TV personality Roland Martin, but because of the unfair treatment he has received; and his seeming inability to defend himself, I feel compelled to speak out.

Roland Martin is a syndicated newspaper columnist, a political analyst for CNN, and host of his own TV show on TV One.  During last Sunday’s Super Bowl, he tweeted:  “Ain’t no real bruhs going to H&M to buy some damn David Beckham underwear! ..If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the sh@t  out of him! ” and “I bet soccer fan Piers Morgan will be in line at H&M in the morning to get his hands on David Beckham’s underwear line! LOL.”

  This was in reference to a TV ad with soccer star David Beckham shown wearing nothing but his underwear.

But, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (better known as GLAAD) had to rear its ugly head and do what they do best—defame others!  According to GLAAD’s website, their mission, in part is:…”promotes understanding, increases acceptance and advance equality.”

Allow me to interpret what they mean.  They want to promote understanding as long as they agree with your viewpoint; increase acceptance of their lifestyle; and advance equality that provides them a “special” legal status before the law!

GLAAD’s knee-jerk response to anyone who is a public figure that says anything that they disagree with is to call on that person to be fired; and then request that person meet with them.  Why would anyone that you made lose their job be interested in meeting with you?

But doesn’t that go against their very mission—“to promote understanding?”  Isn’t it more logical to call for a meeting with a person before you demand that their employer fire them?  Shouldn’t you dialogue with a person before you start questioning their motives and intensions, if your true goal is to “advance understanding?

In the immortal words of semanticist, S.I. Hayakawa, “meanings are in people, not in words.”  In short, words have no intrinsic meaning other than meanings that are internalized by each individual.  For example, if I walked up to a female and told her that her dress was “stupid,” she would be either flattered or insulted.  If she understood the language of Hip-Hop, she would be flattered; if she didn’t, then she would be insulted.  “Meanings are in people, not in words.”

Just as disturbing as GLAAD’s demand for  Roland Martin’s firing was CNN’s suspension of Martin indefinitely.  According to CNN, “Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.”

But most disturbing is the loud silence from within the Black community,  I know first hand that many of the so-called Black “leadership” were quick to call  Roland Martin to get on his TV show or to get him to write a supportive newspaper column about one of their causes.  But, now that he is in trouble not one voice is to be heard supporting him.  Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Ben Jealous, Marc Morial, the Congressional Black Caucus—your silence is so loud!

They have allowed a few vociferous people to tar and feather one of their own.  This is the real tragedy of this whole incident.  I am totally embarrassed by the lack of courage from these Black “leaders.”

Roland Martin, you are now learning who your real friends are and they are not as many as you thought.  I am totally disappointed that you even issued an apology (but we all know that CNN forced your hand on that).  Do you really need the money from CNN that bad that you are willing to back away from your own innocent words?  If you do, I understand.  I don’t like it, but I understand.

Just a side note here; why is it that GLAAD called on CNN to fire  Roland Martin, but did not make the same request from TV One, the network he has his own show on.  Could it be that since TV One is a Black owned network, that somehow it is not viewed as having any value?  Just a question!

 Roland Martin, remember these are the same Blacks who said absolutely nothing when Jim Clyburn was forced out of the House leadership to make room for Steny Hoyer.  Again, the people he and you helped the most, said the least when you needed support

Gays don’t deserve special protection because of their sexual preference, but they do deserve equal protection because of their humanity. 

GLAAD talks about promoting understanding and equality and at the same time set out to destroy any public figure who disagrees with them.   Roland Martin has never done this!

I have sometimes criticized  Roland Martin for some of his liberal positions on issues, but he is a very decent person and has worked for years to bring equality to those whose voices many times go unnoticed.   There are two things for sure; I am not happy and Roland Martin is not GLAAD.

Staff Writer; Raynard Jackson

Mr. Jackson is also founder of a political and industrial consultant firm which is based in Washington, DC; Raynard Jackson & Associates.



3 Responses to “Roland Martin Is Not GLAAD…”
  1. MsMobetter says:

    Thank you for having the courage to write this post. I am a follower of Roland on Twitter and was tweeting myself on Super Bowl evening. Most of the tweets were about the commercials and many people (celebrities included)were expressing their opinions. I saw Roland’s tweets about the David Beckman ad and never once connected it with being directed at gays or violence. I even said to myself, “Roland is just hating on Beckman because he looked good.” I dismissed it as locker room talk. There were also others who had expressed the ad was not appealing to them personally.

    I too have been disenchanted by the lack of outward support from leaders and his so called media friends. In fact, it has been so quiet, it is scary. My thoughts are no one wants to step on the toes of GLAAD. Who in the heck made GLAAD God? If their goal is to promote understanding and equality, I totally support that, but that should not destroy a person’s career because they may not agree with your lifestyle or what some individuals selectively deem as offensive. Even more severe is to somehow connect Roland to a beating in Georgia. This situation is too far out of hand and it appears Roland has become a way for GLAAD to attract more attention.

    It was not long ago that someone tweeted Roland and asked him when he would be back on CNN because he had been absent for a while. Roland replied that he had not been asked in a long time. Shortly, after that, Roland was back on CNN. Whether you agree with Roland or not, he was one of the very few African American faces on major news networks during critical election times who was not afraid to step up and address important issues that support the African American community. This is something we have not had in major news networks for a long time. Beware of a quick rise to the top, it is a short fall.

  2. lewis orr says:

    There are no true Black leaders in America today. They were all murdered before they were able to deliver their message to the next generation. This is why after intergration the Black community is in the shape it’s in. What we have are place holders. Any Black masiah that shows up will have a target on his back. If there were Black leaders, they would stand up to these special interest groups that have too much power and attack the Black community with impunity. I know some will ask what do we do in the mean time? There are no easy answers, only remain in prayer.

  3. The following excerpt from your article speaks volumes:

    “Just a side note here; why is it that GLAAD called on CNN to fire Roland Martin, but did not make the same request from TV One, the network he has his own show on. Could it be that since TV One is a Black owned network, that somehow it is not viewed as having any value? Just a question!”

    The key word in the excerpt is “value”. Somehow we as a group are under the mistakable impression that others should think more of us than we do of ourselves. We just don’t seem to get it that the world is watching and listening as to how we demean and degrade one another and are taking us at our word that we are indeed n**gas and are to be treated as such.

    No matter the circumstances GLAAD and no other group compromises their values and convictions the way we as Black America compromises ours and think nothing of it, and then we wonder out loud why we are never shown any respect. There is nothing respectable, honorable and dignified about embracing the n-word and the sooner we wake up to that REALITY the better. We can diss GLAAD all we want, but one thing about them…they demand respect and they GET IT. Petition campaign drive against use of the n-word:

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