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July 19th, 2009
07:56 AM ET

Roland Martin on Obama and Air Force One

In an address to the NAACP's annual convention in New York, he said African-Americans have made a lot of progress.

But he told the crowd there's still a lot of work to be done to end discrimination for all minority groups.

CNN Political Analyst Roland Martin was part of a group of African-American journalists who got to sit down with President Obama on Air Force One to talk about some major issues.

Roland Martin aboard Air Force One

Roland Martin aboard Air Force One
Roland Martin aboard Air Force One

Roland Martin aboard Air Force One

He spoke with CNN's Fredricka Whitfield about his experience.


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  1. Sharon,Daniel Island

    Roland ,I love the new chic you. I think Pres O should ride that thing until the wheels fall off. Take First Lady on dates all over the world if it helps keep the marriage alive. LOL

    July 19, 2009 at 8:13 am |
  2. John in Seattle, WA

    I used to have much respect for Roland. I counted on him for accurate insight when I predicted Obama would win the Presidency after the New Hampshire primary. But not anymore.

    Blacks have been emphasizing education for decades? How can you say that with a straight face? As Barack Obama has told us, the black community has been emphasizing that getting an education is "actin' white"; an extremely racist attitude, not to mention self defeating and untrue. The Asian community has been emphasizing education for decades. As a result, they enjoy the lowest unemployment rate of any ethnic group in America. Blacks could be enjoying this same low rate, if they had taken advantage of the reparations we called "affirmative action". What the black community has emphasized, is the myth that black people are being kept down by white people.

    I hear talk of how certain groups are "underrepresented" in corporate leadership and other areas, like the Senate. The implication is that it is due to racism. Why do liberals think everything has to break down proportional to the population diversity? And if you are going to assert that this is the way it should be, then stop being hypocrites.

    Two thirds of psychologists are women. Should we limit them to 51%? How about teaching? Nursing? The majority of professional athletes are black. Should we limit them to 12%? Any sane person would say no, and call me a racist for suggesting this. So why should we limit anything because there are too many white people?

    I wish the media would be far more honest when discussing these issues. But the truth is distorted in the name of ratings.

    July 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  3. ed pompey sr.

    Hi,It would be good for one to look the word:STUPID, up.I feel the presidents choice of word was fitting & right on target.For in the greater since the word means:SLOW to comprehend; also meaningless,pointless.Now in many aspects of this situation the word applys.I'm supprise that the president himself seems to not see this.But its understandible with the demands of the office,He,d miss this.I look foward to you bringing out this fact, because across the board, people missjudge or are not aware of the words true meaning.Were the PD. not "SLOW IN COMPREHENDING" that GATES should not have been charged? BRO. ED

    July 24, 2009 at 7:44 pm |
  4. Irwin

    The preseident was wrong about commenting on local law enforcement. Obama as usual, uses his obvious arogance in not oferring an apology the the police.
    This whole incident ould have been avoided if the professor immediately showed his ID that this was his house and explained hmself.
    Instead he lashed out at law enforcement, blaming all of historiy' past mistakes against blacks.
    Once the blacks stop blaming the whites for all of there troubles
    and teach their childrem that scrifice and honesty will make them act appropriately in the future.
    Living in past and using it as an excuse is what is "STUPID"

    July 25, 2009 at 2:54 pm |

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