Michael Eric Dyson
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Debating Race with Michael Eric Dyson

Whether chronicling the class conflict in the African-American community or exposing the failings of the government response in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Michael Eric Dyson has never shied away from controversy. No stranger to intellectual combat, Dyson has always been ready to engage friends and foes alike in open conversation about the issues that matter. Debating Race collects many of Dyson’s most memorable encounters and most poignant arguments and gives readers a front row seat as he spars with politicians, pundits, and public intellectuals. From John Kerry and John McCain to Ann Coulter and the hosts of television’s The View — Dyson shows the mental agility and rhetorical tenacity that have made him one of America’s most astute intellectuals.

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Michael Eric Dyson
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About the Author

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is the author of Come Hell or High Water, Is Bill Cosby Right?, The Michael Eric Dyson Reader, Open Mike; Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur; Why I Love Black Women; I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.; Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line; Between God and Gangsta Rap; Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X; and Reflecting Black. He is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia.

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Join the Debate

Dyson vs. Connerly

Agree with Dyson: 84%
Agree with Connerly: 16%
Michael Eric Dyson and then-University of California Regent Ward Connerly debate racial justice and affirmative action.

Dyson vs. Coulter

Agree with Dyson: 86%
Agree with Coulter: 14%
Micael Eric Dyson and Ann Coulter debate the values underlying the Iraq war and the appropriateness of bringing religion into the conversation.

Dyson vs. O’Reilly

Agree with Dyson: 80%
Agree with O’Reilly: 20%
Michael Eric Dyson and Bill O’Reilly debate comments made by Bill Cosby to the NAACP regarding the African-American community.

Dyson vs. McCain

Agree with Dyson: 85%
Agree with McCain: 15%
Michael Eric Dyson and Senator John McCain debate Violence, Hip-Hop, and the marketing of violence to children.