Roland Martin had a very blunt message to Wendy Williams when discussing her recent comments about the NAACP and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)
"If you actually bothered to read a book and not gossip magazines, you might know these things," Martin said on his TVOne news program. "Wendy let me help you out. 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."
The TV commentator's passionate response came after Williams, a daytime talk show host, addressed the controversy over "Grey's Anatomy" star Jesse Williams' speech at the BET Awards.
"His speech was very poignant," Williams said on her show. "On the other hand, 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 there was the National Organization for White People, only? There's the NAACP."
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Media personality Wendy Williams appears onstage during the Lane Bryant launch of the #PlusIsEqual campaign at Times Square on September 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Lane Bryant)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Television host Wendy Williams attends the 13th Annual Smile Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: TV personality Wendy Williams attends the Friends of Hudson River Park's 2015 Spring Fling at Brookfield Place, Winter Garden on April 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 07: Host Wendy Williams speaks during the 2014 Soul Train Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 07: Host Wendy Williams speaks onstage during the 2014 Soul Train Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/BET/Getty Images for BET)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 09: TV personality Wendy Williams is seen making Philadelphia cheese steaks at Geno's Steaks on May 9, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: TV host and author, Wendy Williams is photographed for Variety on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Wendy Williams visits the SiriusXM Studios on April 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Wendy Williams attends New York Women In Film And Television's 33rd Annual Muse Awards at New York Hilton on December 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
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Martin began his takedown of Williams by giving a little history lesson about the NAACP before pivoting to HBCUs.
"You do realize that the NAACP was founded by a mix of folks that were black and white. Do you realize that the first president of the NAACP, Wendy, was white?" Martin said. "If you actually bothered to read something, you would realize that. It's also called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. White folks have always been members of the NAACP. Always."
"One of the reasons you don't have historically white universities is because we just simply call them universities," he said. "The fact of the matter is you can go around the country and you will see universities, Wendy, that are 70, 80, 90, 95 percent white."
Martin also cited a statistic that one in four students at HBCUs are not black. Martin cited Bluefield State University in West Virginia and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania as examples.