Michael Eric Dyson
Debating Race by Michael Eric Dyson Buy the BookPrefaceIntroductionColbert Report Video:
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Praise for Debating Race

“I will protect both our reputations by saying Michael Eric Dyson and I often disagree—but one thing we do agree on is the importance of ideas. This book is an absolute delight to read. It contains a font of information, delivered with Dyson’s distinctive eloquence. I screamed or laughed on every page at memorable phrases (such as the comparison of Martin Luther King to Puff Daddy). As always, Dyson is fiercely honest, controversial, engaging, funny, and brimming with arguments and ideas.”
—Ann Coulter, bestselling author of How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), Godless, and High Crimes and Misdemeanors
“Michael Eric Dyson is the most courageous and visionary public intellectual on the scene today. He exemplifies a profound commitment to social justice and a genuine love of black people, especially poor black people. In short, he is a rare kind of genius with organic links to our beloved street brothers and sisters!”
—Cornel West, author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters
“Too often academics seem to revel in incomprehensibility, choosing pretense over substance, obfuscation over lucidity. Michael Eric Dyson eschews this tradition with Debating Race, a collection of his most compelling and thought-provoking conversations, dialogues and debates on the issues of race and class in America. It is a must-read for people who hunger for truth, candor, and a way forward.”
—Donna Brazile, author of Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics
“Profound, Passionate, and Persuasive! In Debating Race, Michael Eric Dyson once again demonstrates why he’s one of America’s most intellectually and rhetorically gifted advocates for racial justice and equality. In this brilliant collection of encounters he has had on race and racism, Dyson asks and gives no quarter as he exposes myths, double standards and blatant hypocrisies that prevent us from making our actions conform to our declared ideals.”
—William Cohen, former Secretary of Defense
“This book will shake up any idea/s you had about race. It will deepen your understanding, dissect it, widen it, complicate it and enlighten. Through critical, enlivened and bold dialogue, Michael Eric Dyson is inviting all of us into this crucial conversation, because as he says so eloquently ‘talking is better than killing.”
—Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues