Wendy Williams has been getting schooled by Roland Martin after backlash she received for criticizing historically black schools and the NAACP.
“Over the past few days, if you don’t know, I’ve been facing some really harsh criticism from our viewers and other people in the media because of my comments regarding racism,” she said on her show Monday. “One of my biggest critics was a journalist and activist Roland Martin, who I’ve known for several years, but he did what he thought he had to do.”
The daytime talk diva caught major flak when she critiqued Jesse Williams’ “poignant” BET Awards acceptance speech on racism.
“[His] speech was very poignant. On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP,” she told her silent audience.
Chevrolet reportedly pulled out of an exclusive deal with Williams over the comments.
Blogger B. Scott reported: “She’s been sobbing all week over the loss.”
Meanwhile, Martin gave her a tongue lashing on his TV One show, referring to her comments as “silly” and suggesting she “shut the hell up . . . You do realize that the NAACP was founded by a mix of folks that were black and white. Do you realize that the first president of the NAACP . . . was white?” he asked.
Williams invited Martin on her show following “a very interesting conversation . . . regarding race,” she said. “[Martin’s] educated me quite a bit, and I hope [he] can do the same for all of us, and we can begin to heal and stop.”