I have. I agree with Denise that it was skewed.
It operates from the premise that all Blacks are leftists.
They play this speech or that speech and, if it is a conservative or someone they think is conservative, they bring on some 'expert' to explain it.
So we get Michael Eric Dyson raving nonsense after they play Bill Cosby on education.
Bill's points were that not enough attention is paid to education. He worded them in the form of a comedy routine which isn't that surprising since he is a comedian. The hysteric Michael Eric Dyson is brought on to give a critique and he's just ranting and raving about Clarence Thomas and has nothing to say about Cosby's points.
I found that highly offensive.
This happened at other times as well.
I'm a left and real left unlike Michael Eric Dyson.
And I'm real tired of him trying to Blacker Than Thou. Why is it always these bi-racials people like Melissa Harris Parry or these men who marry White women like Michael Eric Dyson that think they can speak for the Black race?
Who the hell asked them to?
And Bill Cosby is not my favorite person in the world. And I think we can criticize him or anyone else. But the rant that Michael Eric Dyson was offering was just nonsense and missed the whole damn point of what Bill Cosby was saying.
And Cosby said it poorly but there was a larger point he was making and it is true.
We need to speak correctly.
I don't mean we need to sound like Rhodes Scholars but we need to be offering something more than "Who this be calling me?"
What Cosby was saying wasn't all that different than what Henry Gates III was saying elsewhere in the program.
People of my parents generation were raised to learn. They were raised to learn, they were told it was something no one could take away from them, no White racist, etc.
And now we've got extreme poverty across the board in the US and it has hit the Black community worse than any other.
And we can wallow in that or we can be like our strong ancestors and reach for something more. Maybe not for us but for our children.
We can do that. In the end, that was the point of Bill Cosby's remarks.
And Michael Eric Dyson had to go all freaky and ranting and shrill.
It's a shame that they chose to go there and to air that because a real conversation could have done so much more instead.
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