Michael Eric Dyson addresses the Georgetown community in a lecture titled, "No Dreams Deferred?" Professor Dyson is an outspoken scholar who exploded on to the national scene in a public dispute with Bill Cosby over poverty and the black underclass- Georgetown University
John J. DeGioia
Since graduating from Georgetown University in 1979, John J. DeGioia has served both as a senior administrator and as a faculty member at the school. On July 1, 2001, he became Georgetown's 48th president.
Dr. DeGioia is a professorial lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from Georgetown University in 1979 and his PhD in Philosophy from the University in 1995. He has most recently taught "Ethics and Global Development," "Human Rights: A Culture in Crisis," and a seminar on "Ways of Knowing."
Prior to his appointment as president, Dr. DeGioia held a variety of senior administrative positions at Georgetown, including senior vice president, responsible for university-wide operations, and dean of student affairs. In 2004, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Academia from the Sons of Italy.
Michael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Michael Eric Dyson cites an AP poll that shows some white democrats will not vote for Barack Obama because he is black to refute claims that America is a post-racial society. He argues that post-racial would deny people their identity and that a post-racist society is a better aspiration.
Michael Eric Dyson says that the sermons Martin Luther King delivered in black churches had a very different tone than his published speeches more commonly remembered. He says that if King were alive today, he would be comparable to Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
Michael Eric Dyson reflects on the famous "I Have a Dream" speech says MLK is often "celebrated for the end of that speech, but few people remember the beginning of that speech" that railed against specific injustices before he improvised the inspirational final words.
Any action, practice, or belief that reflects the racial worldviewthe ideology that humans are divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called races, that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and other cultural behavioral features, and that some races are innately superior to others. Racism was at the heart of North American slavery and the overseas colonization and empire-building activities of some western Europeans, especially in the 18th century. The idea of race was invented to magnify the differences between people of European origin in the U.S. and those of African descent whose ancestors had been brought against their will to function as slaves in the American South. By viewing Africans and their descendants as lesser human beings, the proponents of slavery attempted to justify and maintain this system of exploitation while at the same time portraying the U.S. as a bastion and champion of human freedom, with human rights, democratic institutions, unlimited opportunities, and equality. The contradiction between slavery and the ideology of human equality, accompanying a philosophy of human freedom and dignity, seemed to demand the dehumanization of those enslaved. By the 19th century racism had matured and the idea spread around the world. Racism differs from ethnocentrism in that it is linked to physical and therefore immutable differences among people. Ethnic identity is acquired, and ethnic features are learned forms of behaviour. Race, on the other hand, is a form of identity that is perceived as innate and unalterable. In the last half of the 20th century several conflicts around the world were interpreted in racial terms even though their origins were in the ethnic hostilities that have long characterized many human societies (e.g., Arabs and Jews, English and Irish). Racism reflects an acceptance of the deepest forms and degrees of divisiveness and carries the implication that differences among groups are so great that they cannot be transcended. See alsoethnic group; sociocultural evolution.
After watching this video I don't understand Jon Irenicus & Logician comments. It seems that he can be "word rich" maybe one too many words for one concept but but "drivel", I don't think so. Please explain if you can Jon. Logician, what did he say against capitalism? He spoke to better understanding, combating poverty, and the responsibility of society to those that have less through the eyes of MLK Jr no less. Is that all it takes to stand as an "anti-capitalist"? If So count me in the ranks of the later.
If that's true, it illuminates something about you, not about Dyson. It shows that you are not persuaded by content but by a speaker’s dialect. I think it testifies to strength of character to stand amongst any group, and speak in your own tongue, instead of trying to fit in by mirroring other people’s behavior. Also him speaking in Ebonics so eloquently, shows he is able to separate African American culture from the socio-economic situation a lot of African-Americans are in. Something you apparently can not.