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NEWS ONE NOW: ‘THE TRUTH ABOUT AMERICA’ – ARMY BASES AROUND NATION NAMED AFTER CONFEDERATE WAR FIGURES ; MARTIN LUTHER KING III REFLECTS ON DICK GREGORY

WASHINGTON, D.C. — August 22, 2017 — Today on News One Now, host and managing editor Roland Martin interviewed republican political consultant Shermichael Singleton and civil and labor union organizer Tiffany Loftin about Army bases that are named after Confederate War figures. In the wake of several cities across the country that are having Confederate statues removed, there are still more than a dozen military bases that are named for confederate army leaders, including Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Hood in Texas.

Martin observed that with these two bases in particular, the men they are named after actually lost several battles during the war, and were both replaced during their tenure.

 “I need you to understand what happened here is you had white racists – Dixiecrats –in the United States Congress, and…they said we are going to name these bases after these generals. Republicans who supposedly liked black people, the party founded to oppose slavery –went along with this. This is stuff you weren’t told, and I can guarantee you that there are troops who don’t even know the bases they’re serving on, who they are named after. This was all done by design.”

 Loftin says the key is to turn the shift into a teachable moment. “If America is doing a cultural shift and heading in the direction of, ‘We are going to remove these things, it is still important, I think, for us to recognize and not just erase the bad that has happened in America – that will not fix anything – but for us to have constructive educational conversations around what America has done to its people, how we go to where we are today, acknowledging that, and then improving it.”

 Singleton agreed. “I think you’re beginning to see many counties, municipalities, cities, states are making the necessary changes, and as a conservatives who believes in states’ rights, if the people are saying, we no longer want these things because they don’t represent who we are, take them down, change the names,” said Singleton. “I think members of Congress, who area representative of the people, the people are saying ‘These things no longer represent who we are. We want to change’ – and that is not to say erase history, because we can certainly learn. However, we do need to continue to move in a direction that is progressive.”

 

Martin also interviewed Martin Luther King III about his memories of comedian, author, and activist Dick Gregory, who died Saturday at the age of 84. King spoke about his commitment to justice, his talent for comedy, and how he appreciated him as a mentor in the wake of his own father’s death.

“I lost my father at ten years old, but when I became 21, 22, I started hanging with Dick.  I learned a tremendous amount that I will never ever forget,” said King.

 “He was not just a comic – his comedy was informative and began to change minds and hearts. He always told the truth. It was not just traditional ‘I want to make you laugh’ – it was, ‘I want to make you laugh, but I also want to make you think – think, what should I do next.’ Our nation will never be the same because rarely are there people like him who personify love and forgiveness and the leadership that he provided was unrelenting. He would protest with others or sometimes he protested alone, when nobody else was willing to join him. But he always stood up for that which is right and good and just. He was always a loving human being and I know I and millions will really miss his voice.”

 

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