Wendy Williams’ criticism of the NAACP and HBCUs has resulted in lost sponsorships, an apology, and a very public rebuking by television new commentator Roland Martin.
“When you’re on TV and have no idea what you’re talking about, shut the hell up. Don’t open your mouth. Don’t embarrass yourself. Because you sound silly,” said Martin.
On July 6 she discussed actor and activist Jesse Williams’ speech about racial inequality at the BET Awards. “His speech was very poignant, on one hand. On the other hand, you know, 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 it was the National Organization for White People only? There’s the NAACP.”
Roland broke down the history of the NAACP, including the fact that it was founded by Blacks and Whites and that the first president was White.
After receiving criticism across social media, she returned the following day attempting to clarify her statements on her show the next day, stating “On yesterday’s show a lot of you all misinterpreted some of the things I was saying regarding Black schools being Black…I will clarify again…be very clear: I find nothing wrong with historically Black colleges." She did not, however, make any clarifications regarding her comments on the NAACP.
Following the loss of a valued sponsorship with Chevrolet made possible by HBCU graduate Andrea Holmes, president and CEO of ACE Media Crop, Williams eventually offered up an apology, stating "I want to apologize to everyone that I might have offended regarding my remarks,” she said. “I was wrong.”