Uh oh. CNN’s Don Lemon recently tried to start a conversation about the black community in which he urged children to pull up their pants and go to school. Remarks like that had him branded a “turncoat mofo” and a “dangerous talking head.” Will Roland Martin fare any better in his conversation about school choice?

That should preclude claims that Martin is just a success who’s now “cutting the rope ladder behind him.”

It’s a strange feeling, isn’t it?

Dr. Steve Perry is the author of “Push Comes to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve.”

For what it’s worth, there was one presidential candidate in 2012 who argued strenuously for charter schools and vouchers in his address to the NAACP, where his remarks received “polite applause.”