Wendy Williams was publicly roasted across social media for her comments denouncing HBCUs and the NAACP, but it was journalist Roland Martin's spirited — and intellectual — dragging that caught the attention of many. Today, they both sat face to face on Wendy's purple couch where he schooled her even more, enlightening her on why she was misinformed, and, in the process, getting her to apologize.
"I can admit when I'm wrong. I'm a soldier," she said after showing an introductory clip of his rousing segment where he notoriously told her to "shut the hell up."
After thanking him for accepting her invitation to appear on her show, she admitted to never being "scared for being wrong," before publicly apologizing for her words.
"First, I want to apologize to everyone that I might have offended regarding my remarks," she said. "I was wrong."
She then asked the News One Now host to explain why she was wrong in her sentiments that HBCUs and the NAACP were obsolete. In his explanation, he gave a thorough and historically sound rundown on why HBCUs were created and why they are needed in today's still "newly fully free" Black society.
"When it comes to our colleges, we couldn't go to those schools," he said. "As a matter of fact, we couldn't read during slavery. You could be killed if you were found to be reading. So, that's why it is so critically important... Our institutions are allowing us to survive in America even though we built this country."
Ending the segment, he offered some advice to young Black men and women who may face the police in the future.
"Your job is to get home," he said. "Now, that's hard... Don't make any quick movements, but you also maintain your dignity, and that is, if I'm being treated badly by a cop, I'ma get through that situation, but I'm looking at the cop number, I'm looking at the license plate, 'cause I'm calling somebody after this is over."
Take a look at Wendy's apology, below:
Recap how this all started in the BET Breaks video, above.
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