TV One host Roland Martin was quickly put in his place by fellow panelist Jennifer Grossman on Easter Sunday during a discussion about diversity among White House interns under President Donald Trump.
MSNBC’s “Live with Alex Witt” did a segment on the police shooting last week of an unarmed black man in California when the host decided to pivot to President Trump, noting a lack of diversity amid White House interns. Witt compared photos of Obama administration interns with the current administration and asked Grossman to comment.
“My thoughts are largely that the most important thing is the content of our character and what’s in our heads and our ideas and our thought, not the color of our skin,” Grossman, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush answered. “So whether or not you have racial diversity in that intern class. I would argue probably you have a lot more diversity in terms of political viewpoints because President Trump’s election has really stirred things up.”
“I’m a little concerned about creating intern classes where everybody looks different but thinks the same,” Grossman added.
“Please don’t quote [Dr. Martin Luther King],” Martin interjected, displaying a familiar stance where some black Americans claim exclusive ownership of King’s legacy.
“I will quote him!” an irritated Grossman fired back. “Do you want to have more of a debate on race?”
The libertarian then made it clear that she will not be bullied into silence over race.
“You’re kind of politically-correct bullying of people on racism is not going to work,” she continued, wagging her finger in the air. “So, I will quote Dr. Martin Luther King every single day. And you won’t stop me.”
Martin went on to explain that the U.S. will be a minority-majority party in the next 30 years, suggesting the White House intern class represents future leaders.
“When you look at this class, these are future leaders,” he said. “So if you have a class that is largely absent of minority people, these are the folks who will be leaders in the next 10, 15, 20 years.”
“You better have a diversified class to lead America otherwise you’re going to have the same problem.”