Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is interviewed by Debra Dickerson on "After Words."

The last book Dyson wrote, "Is Bill Cosby Right?" is discussed.
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Originally posted by IRONHORSE:
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is interviewed by Debra Dickerson on "After Words."

The last book Dyson wrote, "Is Bill Cosby Right?" is discussed.


Whew! Michael Eric Dyson, was on fire. Dickerson, (did he covertly throw in , that she was 'a tool' for the power elite?) was not, in my humble assessment, prepared 'enuf', to converse on the 'finer points' of her argument/rebuttal, on Dyson' treatise on the 'Bill Cosby' incident/speech at Howard University in 2004.
I had a proprioceptive response, with Dyson's closing statements. I need the transcripttfro thanks
It's suppose to re-air at 9:00 p.m. EST, I believe.

Man... one hour was not enough.
I love it how Debra finally came forth with the truth about the sympathy/empathy she feels for Cosby. I believe that's so present in the views of so many people who support him - i.e. what he said to stir up this "controversy".
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Dickerson... was not, in my humble assessment, prepared 'enuf', to converse on the 'finer points' of her argument/rebuttal, on Dyson' treatise...
Yeah, I thought she was started out like she was going to actually add something... but she disappointed me.

I'd have to really read up but I guess I'm like Dyson to an extent, at least she has a well developed Point Of View. And I do believe she is committed and sincere to a certain extent, however "confused" she may be IMO.

It was funny to see her trying to put the "You're trying to say he's not "authentically" Black"... and the whole Lonely Justice Thomas "we've abandoned him" stuff was too funny.

I have to quit right there...
Nayo, I, too was quite disappointed in Debra's performance--you have to remember two things, though, Dr. Dyson's only equal, in the intellectual world, is Dr. Cornell West.

I've seen these two men (West and Dyson) with a who's who amongst black leaders of America, on various think tanks with Tavis Smiley--both men were unmatched. Secondly, Debra is not a good speaker--she's very bright and well accomplished but she doesn't speak well under pressure, and, most certainly would not make a good debator.

Pitting Dyson against Dickerson would be like pitting a Syberian tiger up against a Jack Russell Terrior. With no one else to controlled Dyson's tyrade of intellectual violence, he could tear anyone before him apart in seconds.

In my opinion, Bill, though he had good intensions, was, indeed, wrong with how he has handled himself with his wake-up call speeches, primarily because, as I had suspected and written a forum about, even before Dyson's book came out, Bill was and is out of touch with contemporary black culture and society.

It was wrong, as Dyson pointed out, for him to pursue a career as an entertainer for over 40 years and never have dealt with the meat and bones of racism head on like, say for example, Dick Gregory, yet, Bill assumes that, because he's black, he can come out of his 'Cosby' mode and speak down to the masses--Bad idea, Bill. I still love Bill though--I know his beginings--he's just out of touch, and he allowed his frustrations to overcome his better judgment.
I also love the statement Michael Dyson made towards the end of program, which is what I've tried to do since the first day I joined AfricanAmerica.org:

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"As a writer and an artist, it is your responsibility not to embrace and pacify, but to prick and raise consciousness."
Debra Dickerson appeared to be more interested in making arguments that both suits her position in the Black community and arguments made against her and those who think like her. This is why she kept sticking to the whole authentically Black argument. She wanted to make the point that one can be a conservative Negro and still be Black, and Eric Dyson handled her point so well when he pointed out the fact that this is not about their Blackness, it is about position they have taken that are diametrically oppose to Black upward mobility.

I am in the middle of reading Dyson book and I will be present at his book signing and discussion in Los Angeles next month and I can tell you that Debra Dickerson as pointed out by Michael refused to point to the points in the book that countered nearly every point she made. This book is so much more than arguments that rebuff Cosby's Blame the poor tour, Michael Eric Dyson have put forth information and arguments that must be understood if we are to have upward mobility.

I recorded this and will make more comments later.
C'mon, Faheem...

You know we should create a "Safe Space" for them. They're words/opinions/views, etc. are "Authentically Black" and "legitimate", you know, AT FACE VALUE just because they're Black.
Nmaginate, I got a safe space for them....

Didn't you just love when Eric Dyson used the latin word in response to her use of a latin word and said to her, if we are going to slang around latin words...
He's an assassin. She was easy prey.
The 'boy' just straight up got the gift.
I don't know if I've ever seen someone as quick. He's either the most prepared or just one of the most gifted or both.
I've long been a Michael Dyson fan. I watched about half of the interview, because I had seen, and heard him on a couple of other sessions on his promotion tour.

I agree that Debra Dickerson was 'out of her depth'. She's a journalist. Intellectual assassin is an apt description Dyson.

That is not to say he always wins. When with others of similar skills and talent, he will back up. But those kinds of sessions, while entertaining, seldom elevate anyone. Except maybe the participants in their own eyes.

I couldn't watch Dickerson's struggle to get relevant.

I don't know who selected her for the interview. I understand her taking the job. It's a feather in her business.

Michael Dyson was kind.

PEACE

Jim Chester
[QUOTE]..........: But those kinds of sessions, while entertaining, seldom elevate anyone. Except maybe the participants in their own eyes.

I couldn't watch Dickerson's struggle to get relevant.

I don't know who selected her for the interview. I understand her taking the job. It's a feather in her business.
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Agreed. I think she may have been up to the challenge, if she had had the same type of acrimony about the topic. She did'nt, he did. Anger, contempt,and excellent verbal skills can empower, embolden and energize. But, I would have much preferred Dyson 'debate' someone equal in his fervor.

((Michael Dyson was kind.)) To a point, but you could see in his face/non-verbal posturing that he knew she was 'not up to task'. Also, Naim Akbar(sp), is in this category of debate.
To a point, but you could see in his face/non-verbal posturing that he knew she was 'not up to task'. Also, Naim Akbar(sp), is in this category of debate.---nayo

I didn't see that. But..it's a lump she has to take. In pushing for her point, it (a non-verbal indicator) was the best she could hope for in being shut down.

Some people are argumentative by nature. Michael Dyson is one of these people. Aggressively.

Cornel West is, but with a lot more class.

Both men are of huge intellect. They may both suffer from photographic memory as well. It is not unusual for such persons who seem to have an endless access to information.

The tools of their combativeness are far beyond simple memory.

The killer is their ability to applied that newly recalled information effectively, AND on the spot.

Debra Dickerson could prepare all she wanted. She doesn't those 'on-the-spot-skills'.

And...she is not an intellectual warrior.

I would love to listen to a discussion on the same subject between Dyson and West.

I don't know Naim Akbar.

By the way, this reminds of the piece your posted by Tom Sowell.

Here is a guy that I think really fails us as a people.

He often takes the cheap way out; the accommodating way out.

In that piece, he identifies the construction of a 'black redneck', and runs with it.

He does not challenge his reader with the full reality of the construction which would have made necessary to reveal that 'white rednecks' and 'black redneck' were in many, many cases brothers and sisters.

That was a very, very cheap shot by Sowell.

Sorry for going off topic.


PEACE

Jim Chester
Damn, Nayo and Faheem...and I logged on to Debra Dickerson's site to see if she at least posted a blog about yesterday's little slaughter.

Her site is STILL under construction after nearly six months, six more of which was filled with outdated blogs and updates. Don't get me wrong though--I still love my Debra,even though she still has proven, time and time again in public that she is very disorganized and easily intimidated.

I've had the pleasure of reading Dyson's book, "How to Love a Black Woman," and watch him speak before an audience of nearly 5000 sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Fraternity Inc. at their Boule' 4 years ago--he braught the house down. The man is superfluously prepared and a raw genius in every sense of the term. If he could just get around to doing a better job of returning the nearly limitless numbers of books he checks out from various libraries and institutions lol

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