Debating Race with Michael Eric Dyson

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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. Dyson shows that he is as eloquent off the cuff as he is on...

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Overview

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. Dyson shows that he is as eloquent off the cuff as he is on the book page, and Debating Race 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, and with topics ranging from civil rights, the legacy of the O.J. Simpson trial, and the authenticity of Colin Powell there is something in Debating Race to touch a nerve in all of us.

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Michael Eric Dyson walks where other commentators fear to tread. In this omnibus collection, Dyson speaks his mind on race issues that affect all Americans.
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Having already risen from poverty to become an ordained minister, a tenured professor at Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of more than a dozen books (most recently Come Hell or High Waterand Is Bill Cosby Right?), Dyson here cements his place as one of the most important voices on race in America today. Collecting 27 transcribed conversations involving an impressive list of thinkers-including scholars (Gary Orfield, Cornel West), politicians (John McCain, John Kerry) and pop political commentators (Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher)-Dyson and company tackle practically every angle in America's experience of race, including the legacy of the civil rights movement, immigration reform, affirmative action, urban poverty and the war on terror. Throughout, Dyson proves as comfortable and incisive considering the scholarship of Foucault and Weber as he is examining the work of Tupac Shakur and N.W.A. Though his interlocutors run the gamut from sympathetic fellow travelers (Jesse Jackson, Tavis Smiley) to ideological adversaries (Dennis Miller, Ann Coulter), Dyson upholds a commitment to open, empathetic and intelligent dialogue, a rare treat in today's hyperpartisan, invective-heavy media. No matter what one's personal take, the quality and clarity of Dyson's ideas-and his dedication to the full and free expression of all viewpoints-makes this perhaps the best introduction to the current state of race in American society. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465002061
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 2/12/2007
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 461,842
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents


Preface: A Taste for Talk     xi
Introduction   Imani Perry     xiii
Civil Rights
Movin' on Up? Segregation, Integration, and Assimilation   Mara Tapp   Gary Orfield   Arturo Vargas     3
The Greatest American Ever: The Radical, and Human, Martin Luther King, Jr.   Tavis Smiley   Taylor Branch     25
Too Little Thought, Too Little Action? Black Leaders and Intellectuals   Jesse Jackson     39
Myths, Distortions, and History: Affirmative Action   Ward Connerly     61
Ethnicity
Rainbow Collision? Black, White, and Brown   Mara Tapp   Angelo Falcon     93
Membership Has Its Privileges: Coloring White Identities   Ray Suarez   David Roediger   Peggy McIntosh   Anna Meigs     115
The Mexicans Are Coming: Immigration and the Borders of Fear   Maria Hinojosa   Henry Cisneros   Macarena Hernandez   D. A. King   Archbishop Jose H. Gomez   Richard Langlois   Lee Teran     129
Conflicting Loves
I say Yo, You Say Oy: Blacks, Jews, and Love   Elliot A. Ratzman     155
Can We All Get Along? Racial Friction and the Beloved Community   Marianne Williamson     175
Homelands, Homegirls, and Homefronts: The Politics of Black Love   Cornel West     195
Where Is the Love? Condoleezza Rice and Black Folk   Meredith Vieira   Star Jones   Joy Behar   Kathy Lee Gifford     209
General Principles: Colin Powell's Compassionate Conservatism   Juan Williams     215
Youth and Violence
Dying for Attention: Gun Obsession and American Violence   Bill Press   Mary Matalin   Michael Medved     221
The Stakes Are High: Violence, Hip-Hop, and the United States Senate   John McCain   John Kerry     231
Black Masculinity
Million Heirs: Marching Toward Manhood   Liane Hansen   Joe Klein     245
In His Own Hands: Black Male Intensity and Latrell Sprewell's American Dream   Ray Suarez   Len Elmore     251
Is Dave Chappelle Crazy? The Price of Fame and the Paranoid Style   Keith Murphy     269
Catastrophes
The Empire Keeps Track: 9/11, Race, and Religion   Jeremy Earp     281
Who's to Blame? Victims, Survivors, and Agents in Hurricane Katrina   Lynn Neary   Juan Williams     295
The Humor in the Hurt: Politically Incorrect Reflections on Hurricane Katrina   Stephen Colbert      309
Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word: Apologies and Reparations for Slavery   Bobbie Battista   David Horowitz     315
Still Some Juice Left: O. J. Ten Years Later   Ofra Bikel     327
Weapons of Mass Seduction: The War in Iraq and Inside US   Bill Maher   Ann Coulter   Dennis Miller     339
Anatomy of a Conflict: Why Bill Cosby is Still Wrong
Bill Paid: Philanthropy or Social Justice?   Debra Dickerson     357
ResponsiBillity: Cosby's Conservative Turn   Ted Koppel   Shelby Steele     381
Shock (Jock) Therapy? Bills of Right   Bill O'Reilly     387
Poor Excuse: Cosby and the Politics of Disgust   Damian Bruce     391
Acknowledgments     409
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