Roland Martin Update

by Greg Pollowitz

Roland Martin is going to meet with GLAAD over his David Beckham tweets:

Today (February 9, 2012), Martin has announced that he has responded to an invitation from GLAAD and said that he looks “forward to meeting with GLAAD in the near future and having a productive dialogue.” Despite his highly prolific use of the social networking site (he has posted over 64,000 Tweets since joining), he has made no direct reference to his suspension. GLAAD responded to his message, via Twitter saying that they, too, are looking forward to the meeting.

So, if Roland behaves himself at the GLAAD offices, GLAAD will call up CNN and get Roland his job back?

And here’s a good piece on the whole mess by Raynard Jackson over at WashingtonPost.com. An excerpt:

Just as disturbing as GLAAD’s demand for 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 to appear 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, 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.