Twitter saw a fiery debate last night between TV One Contributor Roland Martin and Lupe Fiasco on the issue of voting. The voting debate first started when comedian D.L. Hughley took issue with the “Kick Push” artist’s voting stance in an interview on Hot 93.7/ Hartford.
“He’s bright as hell, but dumb in the ways of the world,” Hughley told Hot 93.7/ Hartford. “Young black men are going to listen to him. They are the ones who have decisions made for them, [decisions] that they are not even involved in, which is silly to me.”
Lupe took to Twitter to call Hughley’s bluff on whether the comedian cares about sparking real change in the rural and urban communities. Lupe then asked the Hughley to put his money where his mouth is.
“Better yet @RealDLHughley you put up 50k and I’ll put up 50k and let’s flesh out some programs for rural & inner city youths our damn selves,” he wrote.
Lupe told Hughley he doesn’t have to “wait till November” or be a part of political party to accept his proposal.
The Chicago native told Hughley to leave him alone if he is not ready to “drop that bread for these babies out here.”
But the drama didn’t end there. Martin jumped into the fray hoping to enlighten Fiasco on the importance of the minority vote.
“I just read some comments about voting and @lupefiasco that are some of the most ignorant, false stuff someone can say,” the journalist wrote via Twitter.
Lupe told Martin Obama wasn’t going to lose the presidential race due to him and his raps.
Martin told Lupe that the African American vote is very instrumental in key swing states that include, “Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia, Norht Carolina, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa and New Hampshire.”
Bush, Martin wrote, beat Gore by 537 votes in Florida in 2000.
“You’re telling me Black votes won’t make a difference?” Martin asked.
Kerry, he continued, lost Ohio by 110,000 votes in 2004.
“Had he won, he would have been president,” he wrote. “Black votes do matter.”
Martin dropped some more crucial knowledge on Lupe stating, “2 million more African Americans turned out in 2008 than ’04? Bruh, OUR VOTES MATTER!”
“Hey @lupefiasco did you know that Black women voted at a higher rate in ’08 than ANY other demographic? OUR VOTES MATTER!”
“I also want @lupefiasco to stop thinking this election is just about Pres Obama & Romney,” Martin tweeted. “There are other critical elections we must focus on.”
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