Roland Martin Defends Kaepernick — America Criticizes Black Voices for Demanding Freedom

Friday on MSNBC, while discussing San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem at his preseason football games, host of  TV One’s “News One Now” Roland Martin said, America has “criticized African-Americans forever for demanding to be free.” and added, “What Colin Kaepernick is saying is if it requires me to take a knee or sit down to demand freedom, that’s what I’m going to do.” Partial transcript as follows: MARTIN: People are more concerned about what Colin Kaepernick is doing as opposed to why he is doing it. Do you understand that the San Francisco Police Department, they’ve been embroiled in a racist text message scandal. No one wants to talk about that, but his socks. Then you also have the people who don’t want to talk about the fact the police chief of San Francisco resigned in May because of another questionable shooting. Not that, but his socks. Let’s go to Oakland where they had three interim police chiefs in a matter two of weeks where they have a scandal, more than a dozen cops having sex with an underage prostitute. Again, not what Colin Kaepernick is talking about, but they