Roland Martin Calls White Evangelicals ‘Frauds’ and Trump a ‘Fake Christian’
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.
— Colossians 3:22, Holy Bible, New International Version
Yesterday, March 1st, independent journalist Roland Martin appeared on MSNBC’s Sunday morning talk fest with Ali Velshi and lit the joint up.
The question on the table, as posed by Velshi, was from whence comes Donald Trump’s apparently rock-hard support among Christian evangelicals, and why?
After some light banter between Velshi and Martin about their shared African origin (Velshi was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1969, while Martin was born in Houston in ‘68, but traces his “roots” back to the West African nation-state of Sierra Leone), they proceeded to get down to business. This little tete-à-tete piqued my curiosity about Martin. Of course, for the last decade and more he has been ubiquitous on cable television. And I knew he had spent some time here in Chicago in a failed attempt to revive one of the nation’s premier black newspapers, The Chicago Defender. But that’s all I really knew about this man. So, I looked him up.
Roland Martin’s maternal great-grandparents migrated from Haiti to Louisiana. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in journalism from Texas A&M University and a Master’s Degree in Christian communications from Louisiana Baptist University.
During the 1990s, Martin was a contributor on the BET Sunday morning news program Lead Story. He is the former executive editor of the Chicago Defender Newspaper. And he was virtually a fixture (contributor) at CNN from 2007 to 2013.
At the same time, however, from 2009 to 2013, Martin hosted TV One’s first Sunday News show Washington Watch with Roland Martin. He left CNN in April of ’13. In November of ’13, Martin became the host of TV One’s first live one-hour, weekday morning news program titled News One Now. It was cancelled in December of 2017, despite the fact that the show won two NAACP Image Awards.
Martin hosts a morning radio talk show on Chicago’s premier black owned/operated station — WVON (originally, “Voice of the Negro”, now “Voice of the Nation”). He currently hosts a web series, Roland Martin Unfiltered on Youtube.
Fake and Fraudulent Christians
As the above video clip demonstrates, Roland Martin pulls no punches in his critique of white Christian evangelicals and Donald Trump’s alleged heartfelt Christian beliefs.
I’ll not quote him here. Rather, I’ll let him speak for himself.
My only disagreement with Roland, though, is that he does not go far enough in his criticism of white Christian evangelicalism. He attributes their undying faith and hope and love and, yes, even worship of Donald Trump to only two things:
- Their hatred of gays; and
- Their equal hatred of abortion.
These two hatreds, argues Martin, are the sole drivers behind the entire Christian evangelical edifice, and it is made manifest in Donald Trump’s ever-flowing gift of record numbers of young, right-wing, reactionary federal judges whose sole purpose is to dismantle all protections from gays and women seeking abortion.
I contend that Roland should have added at least a third hatred to his list:
3. Their hatred of just about anyone who is not “white.”
Martin comes close to saying this as he insists that whenever one describes or defines “evangelicalism” in this country, one must distinguish between white evangelicals and black evangelicals (and every and any other so-called “non-white” evangelical) .
As Velshi’s other guest, Jack Jenkins of the Religious News Service, points out, for these people, evangelicalism is more of an “identity” than a religion.
And Roland agrees. He promptly identifies that identity as white nationalism. As much and as hard and as vociferously as these so-called “conservatives” and evangelicals decry “identity politics,” it is they who all but invented the whole concept in the first place. And, their “identity” these days, and since…forever…. is realized and made manifest in the very person, the very being of Donald Trump.
Finally, as Roland says, black people — black evangelicals particularly — “see right through” these people, and thus see and know them for what they are. We know them better than they know themselves. Indeed, they are hypocritical frauds and fakes, whose only interests are their very own and very personal self-interests.
These are the folk who are spiritual (and often physical) descendants of people who for hundreds of years used Christianity and the Bible to steal the Indigenous Americans’ land — and then came thisclose to wiping them off the face of the earth.
These are the people whose ancestors then used Christianity to justify history’s most brutal form of enslavement ever conceived, and the never-ending degradation and dehumanization of whole continents full of people, but especially of African people. And they have been at this since before this nation’s founding right up until this afternoon.