His innovative scholarship, combining cultural criticism and biography, focuses on race, religion, popular culture, and contemporary issues in the African American community. He is also the author of Know What I Mean?
Georgetown University professor, political analyst and author. His latest book is What Truth Sounds Like: Transcript This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. This is Democracy Now! In this Part 2 of the conversation, I asked Dr. Dyson about why he chose to look back at a meeting more than 50 years ago, inbetween the great writer and activist James Baldwin; Harry Belafonte; Lena Horne, the great performer; the young activist Jerome Smith; the playwright Lorraine Hansberry; and Robert F.
Kennedy, the attorney general of the United States—the meeting they had, together, in New York City, in the Kennedy penthouse. Why look back at ? What does that tell us, or what can that inform us, about today? And how relevant is that, when LeBron James and Steph Curry are disinvited, in advance, from the championship—from coming to the White House, and speaking up, like Malcolm Jenkins has done persistently?
So, the reality is, I wanted to say, just like some stuff was going on back then about race, about the relationship between race and democracy, about the relationship between protest and politicians, and I wanted to bring it to bear here.
I talk about Donald Trump, I mean, saying, as I have often said, he stands up every morning to excrete the feces of his moral depravity into a nation he has turned into his psychic commode. I wanted to speak about the way in which he has exacerbated identity politics.
So, the reality is, I wanted to look at what was going on between the president, who does horrible things, who suppresses the free speech of citizens who are activists, and in the name of his commitment to American democracy, in the name of his commitment to American patriotism, to show how shallow that was.
And American politics have always been concerned with identities. The artists, the activists, the athletes and the other people who were involved in that meeting and in that social movement certainly are reflected in what we see going on in America to this day.
Well, first of all, to call that kind of thing out as morally reprehensible and politically unacceptable.
We all have them, but to have them politically satisfied, to have them politically amplified, to have them politically articulated and made the basis of potential public policy—right? And these politicians need to speak up.
And we, the people, must continue to raise our voices. We must continue to resist and never see this as the worst thing to happen to American society.
I believe Donald Trump is now treating the rest of America the way the worst of white America treated black America.
People acting like this, narcissistic, self-involved, incoherent? This is what white supremacy has meant, has done, has felt like.
So, now, turn to people like us, who have been experts, so to speak, at enduring the idiocy, the lunacy, the sheer nonsensical character of white supremacy. How have we done it? We have a bigot-in-chief and a racist-in-resident. Nothing he has done will satisfy your ultimate need of finding a better economic footing upon which to stand.
And then, finally, that as Martin Luther King Jr. When we insist on doing that, then we have a better society, we have a better representation of who we are as e pluribus unum, out of many one, and the true value of American democracy will rise up.
But when we have Malcolm Jenkins and Colin Kaepernick and Venus and Serena, when we have the WNBA with Swin Cash and others, who stood up and spoke out, then we begin to have a nation where the citizens take back the power, where the citizens are the point of—you know, our democracy is the point of what these politicians do.
This is not the worst thing to happen. It will only be the worst thing to happen if we surrender and abdicate our moral responsibility and our political responsibility of telling the truth as best we can.
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Apr 12, · Michael Eric Dyson became a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times in March The winner of an American Book Award and two N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards, he is a professor of sociology.
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN's The Undefeated website.