Michael Eric Dyson Legacy

Dyson’s general philosophy is that American black people are continuing to suffer from generations of ongoing oppression.

Love and Terror in the Black Church

By Michael Eric Dyson June 20, 2015 AT the sprawling Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas one day last spring, I was met by five men with earpieces who escorted me…

Goodbye to Freddie Gray and Goodbye to Quietly Accepting Injustice

By Michael Eric Dyson April 29, 2015 WASHINGTON — IN the spacious sanctuary of Baltimore’s New Shiloh Baptist Church, at the funeral of Freddie Gray on Monday, the familiar weight…

Racial Terror, Fast and Slow

By Michael Eric Dyson April 17, 2015 WASHINGTON — IN the past two years, this country has held events commemorating 50 years since the triumphs and key struggles of the…

Where Do We Go After Ferguson?

By Michael Eric Dyson Nov. 29, 2014 WASHINGTON — WHEN Ferguson flared up this week after a grand jury failed to indict the white police officer Darren Wilson for killing…

Death in Black and White

By Michael Eric Dyson July 7, 2016 This essay has been updated to reflect news developments. We, black America, are a nation of nearly 40 million souls inside a nation…

Racial Violence on the Screen

By Michael Eric Dyson Aug. 5, 2017 In the thick of “Detroit,” a new film by Kathryn Bigelow about the uprising in that city — my native city — 50…

Charlottesville and the Bigotocracy

By Michael Eric Dyson Aug. 12, 2017 The late, great Gore Vidal said that we live in “The United States of Amnesia.” Our fatal forgetfulness flares when white bigots come…

Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster by Michael Eric Dyson

By Michael Eric Dyson May 4, 2006 In an ancillary sense, the author uses the events of Katrina to tell the African American community that they cannot have it both…

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

By Michael Eric Dyson December 1, 2016 Beloved, the deed has been done. We have—since that ‘we’ must contain, by virtue of our system of government, if not the will,…

Ta-Nehisi Coates on education, religion and Obama

By Michael Eric Dyson October 13, 2017 Michael Eric Dyson is an ordained minister and sociology professor at Georgetown University. His latest book is “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to…

Is Obama to blame for Trump — and the revival of white supremacist hate?

By Michael Eric Dyson August 18, 2017 Michael Eric Dyson is a sociology professor at Georgetown University and the author of “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.”  …

Tears We Cannot Stop: Michael Eric Dyson Explains Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy to Us Today

By Michael Eric Dyson JANUARY 18, 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr., is the most quoted black man on the planet. His words are like scripture to you and, yes, to…

We Forgot What Dr. King Believed In

By Michael Eric Dyson March 31, 2018 In June 1966, less than two years before he was killed, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached from his Atlanta pulpit…

Nipsey Hussle Loved His Blackness

By Michael Eric Dyson April 12, 2019 “How you die 30-something after banging all them years?” Nipsey Hussle posed that question about a fallen colleague on a song released about…

Race, Racism and Race Relations in America with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Spartans, faculty and the community came together on Monday, March 18 for an evening discussion with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Dyson is a sociology professor at Georgetown University, a New York…

Whites Should Keep ‘Individual Reparations Account’

Georgetown University professor and author Michael Eric Dyson says white people should keep an “individual reparations account” to make donations to black groups and atone for America’s history of slavery and racism….