The only thing Roland Martin did wrong…was forget focused on his alleged homophobic twitter rant during the 2012 Superbowl; leading to CNN’s subsequent suspension of Roland Martin. Currently it has been reported that CNN has lifted Martin’s suspension. After meeting with GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and offering apology the journalist is allowed to…well, I’m not sure.
Ok…basically the suspension was lifted. The larger message: African Americans, particularly men are prohibited from saying anything about anyone if they represent television. Remember Isaiah Washington’s alleged homophobic comments on the set of Grey’s Anatomy toward co-star T.R. Knight, and then later at an awards show stating “I did not call him the f-word”? Washington acquiesced and met a litany of demands to rectify the situation: his contract was not renewed. In the words of the Spinners song “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love”…that’s funny!
Funny. African American’s use of the “N-word” be it uttered, scripted, or “tweeted” have yet to urge a suspension or had swift action taken toward an alleged culprit. Organizations that champion advocacy on behalf of African Americans have raised the issue. The last time a major and/or cable network followed suit, leading to suspension of an African American man in the media was…
Moral of this story, or the message thereof sent to Roland Martin, Isaiah Washington, or any other Black Male of celebrity – continue to speak your mind on things that matter; for surely downgrading and defaming African Americans will rarely get you suspended, fired…or taken seriously.