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Michael Eric Dyson: What Are The Keys To Improving The Plight of Black Men?

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Michael Eric Dyson is an author, scholar, minister, and commentator who was born October 23, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan. He became an ordained Baptist minister at 19 and entered Knoxville college at the age of 21 after having done factory work to help support his family.  In 1985, Dyson graduated from Carson-Newman College with a bachelor’s degree, and he went on to earn Master’s and Doctorate degrees in religion from Princeton University.

While attending Princeton, he began his career in academia by accepting a graduate fellowship at the school.  He also became a regular contributor to Rolling Stone as well as a popular columnist for The Nation and Christian Century.

His first book length collection of essays was Reflecting Black: African-American Cultural Criticism.  He has gone on to write and edit a total of 18 books dealing with a wide range of subjects that include a wide range of subjects such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Tupac Shakur, Nas, and Hurricane Katrina.  His writing has earned him two separate NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work in 2004 and 2006 for Why I Love Black Woman and Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?.  He also won an American Book Award in 2007 for Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster

Dyson has also taught at a number of schools including the Chicago Theological Seminary, Brown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania.  He currently teaches sociology at Georgetown University.

As a commentator, Dyson hosted the show Radio One in 2006.  He has also served as a commentator on National Public Radio and CNN and appears as a regular guest on Real Time with Bill Maher.  In addition, Dyson produced the radio program The Michael Eric Dyson Show from 2009 until 2011.  He currently serves as a political analyst for MSNBC.

The following video is of Dyson discussing what he believes the keys are to black men being able to improve their own lives as well as the lives of other black men.  Check it out to see what he has to say.

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  1. Also view The BlackMan (State of Emergency) on youtube, it will help the process. Peace!

  2. Mr Dyson’s intellect should take him far past teaching Unprovable biblical falsehoods to the people he professes to love.

  3. I question the intelligence of any Black person that insist on PRAYING to a white man as his/her GOD.

  4. Everyone has opinions that’s his, there’s no one opinion formula it’s going to take organizations working together for the purpose of righting our communities: not people who are just saying what they think just to get in the news and trying to be the spokesperson for an entire Race..

  5. Being ‘free indeed’ that every curse is broken and every covenant promise is released to what the devil has stolen.
    Not only the black man but the black woman as well- we as entire race are angry. We anger differently because we have different deep rooted issues and until these issues are dealt with individually and then permit them to go then and only then will we as a black race be whole again. Its like being on a job and HATING it. So why all the hatred for a resource that helps us to survive???? BECAUSE WE ARE NOT Purposed NOR DESIGNED TO DO THAT JOB. get TO THE DEEP ROOTED EVILS THAT ARE REALLY DECEIVING.

  6. There is a formula for specific groups of people working together for success of the majority in that group. Working together opens up doors of possibility and we Black Men need that as much as any Men walking around on this planet. Lack of action produces nothing, but I state coming together with a plan to use "Education" as the vehicle for Change is one path to take. I challenge All Black Men to become Mentors working with Our Youth so living Role Models are available everyday! This is the clarion call to Black Men to get off the fence and help Save Our Sons and at the same time, Save Ourselves. The work is right in front of us and I ask, What are We going to do?

    We're intelligent, so that's not the problem. We have money, but spending it wisely is an issue we must resolve. We know what's wrong because we've suffered long enough. No other people are coming to Save the Black Family! Centuries looking back are proof of what I state here. Looking in the mirror and you'll see the the person that has the capacity to Save Our People one neighborhood at a time!

    The Formula has been around a long time, but do we, Black Men, have the will power to Save Our Black Family?

  7. Go to http://www.commentariesonthetimes.wordpress.com for some real researched methods on how Black Folk can Save Ourselves. Check out what Brother Playthell George Benjamin, the well researched writer, has to say! He's one of our best and should be on several radio stations and TV programs. Let's Support Brother Playthell George Benjamin. Go for it!

  8. Its so simple, even a white guy could think it….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj4JaCSbhFY

  9. That's easy, Black men working class power over capital

  10. That's easy, Black men need working class power over capital

  11. I love his philosophy and his work.

  12. Damn it seems that the only thing that Dr. Dyson can only spill is the message of sentimentally nice symbolism. But it has been obviously for a look time that Michael Eric Dyson has only be a loquacious intellectual fraud or a simple fraud and nothing more. Nonetheless I'm still surprise that his commentary is given attention. But I don't expect to be given an answer to this. I would hope that the news of Black people is more deeper and interesting than this trivial.

  13. Naturally he is going to include EDUCATION, and I agree, as one of the major needs. But he is not going to LEAN far enough toward BLACK COLLEGES to suit me, and this is where we separate, and I have to try and keep from cursing him out. As I have done in a newsletter about Eleanor Holmes Norton, who doesn't see much of a need to really push for blacks to be supportive of our black colleges. So I will go no further with this white college trained NEGRO either, because it will end up with me having to get on his case about this issue. And, of course, when it comes to getting and having FAR MORE black businesses, he is not going to insist on, or DEMAND this either. And I mean 100 percent black-owned businesses. — Rev. George Brooks

  14. The key to a successful family life is trust in God, a good job with benefits that will support a family.

  15. Dyson and Toure. Toms of a kind.

  16. PROBLEM: Black males are non-occupational ranking males i.e. among their own “group” members they cannot stratify themselves by occupational titles. Long, long history to prove this is a fact. No need for examples. Since black males cannot stratify their male group by occupational titles, they cannot produce “wealth”. No wealth translates to no sufficient tax base to support gov’t services … no industries … insufficient jobs to support their black community…. All one has to do is look at what black men did to Detroit over the last 40 years. When the white males left – because of lo down black racism & HATE – so went the tax base.

    Naturally, blacks so dearly love them things that glitter & glow. They pleaded for across-the-board integration into another male group’s society to get them things that glitter & glow. American blacks are the ONLY people in human history to ever do such a thing. White Christian males granted the black man his desperate plea in 1964… No people in human history have gotten more simply because of the color of their skin than African Americans. They recognize none of it! In the white community, we call it being a bunch of whining, squealing BULLY ingrates.

    Since the black man cannot stratify his group with occupational titles, and therefore produces very little in the way of jobs for his people, he MUST get those jobs from an occupational ranking male group – white Christian males. White Christian males NEVER should have submitted to the forced integration of THEIR status environments to the black males. Their male group structure has been destroyed because fo these forced integration laws…

    • You’re an idiot.

  17. A job is the best social program there is so this will employ millions of black men: Unemployment among Blacks will not be helped by legalizing and granting amnesty to 10 million illegal immigrants who now compete unfairly with them for jobs. In fact, unemployment among Blacks will be hurt by such a measure. (Read this article and pay particular attention to the first two paragraphs and know that that situation whereby illegal immigrants take jobs from Blacks is multiplied by thousands of instances nationwide:http://www.theroot.com/views/how-illegal-immigration-hurts-black-america?utm_medium=feed&obref=obinsite
    So that one article proves that illegals steal jobs from Americans!

    And jobs are being stolen in many fields, including construction, hospitality, restaurants and food production, manufacturing and more!)
    And realize that there is no such thing as free pie. Jobs are limited and are not brought to the USA in backpacks in plane flights here or across the Rio Grande. Resources are limited. For every Spanish book or DVD in the public library, there is one less English book or DVD. For every English as a Second Language class or teacher in school, there’s one less advanced English or remedial English class in school. This will work to solve the immigration problem—and not on the backs of Blacks.

    And when it comes to crime, crime rates are not the issue. The question is do they add to crime. And the answer is yes–if they have any crime rate at all–and they do.

    So when it comes to employment and to crime, the questions are who are advantaged by illegal immigrants? And who is disadvantaged by illegal immigrants? And how much disadvantage should be paid to give the advantage? That is "Whose ox is gored?" Well, for the jobs and resources, it's illegals that are advantaged and Americans–black and otherwise–that are disadvantaged. Some might think that the job loss is small–only a couple of million–but do YOU like the illegals so much that you would give them or one of them YOUR job? I don't think so. So don't give them the jobs of your fellow Americans who should come first since this is America. Amnesty (so called comprehensive immigration reform) puts the interest of illegals in tront of the interests of Americans .

    And the same applies for crime. They add to crime and you might think that the addition to crime is small. But wait, what if YOU or you family member or your relative is the victim of that additional crime? Would you want you or yours to be the victim of those rapes, murders, thefts, etc. I don't think so. Again, since this is America, Americans should come first! Amnesty (so called comprehensive immigration reform) puts the interest of illegals in tront of the interests of Americans .

    This is immigration reform you can believe in. This is comprehensive immigration reform: 1. Require E-Verify for all current and future employees and couple it with a swift appeals process for those who do not pass E-Verify. 2. Couple that with severe (at least $20,000 per illegal hired per day if hired without E-Verify permission and disallow (make not permissible under the Internal Revenue Code) any expense deduction for such hires. With these measures, deportation is not needed and the illegals will go home and out of the US by plane, train, automobile and foot. Problem solved.

    To grant illegal immigrants amnesty and therefore allow them to keep the jobs that they have stolen –disproportionately from African Americans would be a stab in the back by Obama. Illegal immigrants do take jobs from Black Americans. Illegal immigrants separate their own families if they are deported. (Hey, they knew when they acted illegally to stay or enter the county that they could be deported at anytime and they may take their families with them if they are deported. And no one says that the government is ripping apart families when parents convicted of crimes go the jail. The separating of families is the natural consequence of criminal violations of the law in each case.)

  18. Unemployment among Blacks will not be helped by legalizing and granting amnesty to 10 million illegal immigrants who now compete unfairly with them for jobs. In fact, unemployment among Blacks will be hurt by such a measure. (Read this article and pay particular attention to the first two paragraphs and know that that situation whereby illegal immigrants take jobs from Blacks is multiplied by thousands of instances nationwide:http://www.theroot.com/views/how-illegal-immigration-hurts-black-america?utm_medium=feed&obref=obinsite
    So that one article proves that illegals steal jobs from Americans!

    And jobs are being stolen in many fields, including construction, hospitality, restaurants and food production, manufacturing and more!)
    And realize that there is no such thing as free pie. Jobs are limited and are not brought to the USA in backpacks in plane flights here or across the Rio Grande. Resources are limited. For every Spanish book or DVD in the public library, there is one less English book or DVD. For every English as a Second Language class or teacher in school, there’s one less advanced English or remedial English class in school. This will work to solve the immigration problem—and not on the backs of Blacks.

    And when it comes to crime, crime rates are not the issue. The question is do they add to crime. And the answer is yes–if they have any crime rate at all–and they do.

    So when it comes to employment and to crime, the questions are who are advantaged by illegal immigrants? And who is disadvantaged by illegal immigrants? And how much disadvantage should be paid to give the advantage? That is "Whose ox is gored?" Well, for the jobs and resources, it's illegals that are advantaged and Americans–black and otherwise–that are disadvantaged. Some might think that the job loss is small–only a couple of million–but do YOU like the illegals so much that you would give them or one of them YOUR job? I don't think so. So don't give them the jobs of your fellow Americans who should come first since this is America. Amnesty (so called comprehensive immigration reform) puts the interest of illegals in tront of the interests of Americans .

    And the same applies for crime. They add to crime and you might think that the addition to crime is small. But wait, what if YOU or you family member or your relative is the victim of that additional crime? Would you want you or yours to be the victim of those rapes, murders, thefts, etc. I don't think so. Again, since this is America, Americans should come first! Amnesty (so called comprehensive immigration reform) puts the interest of illegals in tront of the interests of Americans .

    This is immigration reform you can believe in. This is comprehensive immigration reform: 1. Require E-Verify for all current and future employees and couple it with a swift appeals process for those who do not pass E-Verify. 2. Couple that with severe (at least $20,000 per illegal hired per day if hired without E-Verify permission and disallow (make not permissible under the Internal Revenue Code) any expense deduction for such hires. With these measures, deportation is not needed and the illegals will go home and out of the US by plane, train, automobile and foot. Problem solved.

    To grant illegal immigrants amnesty and therefore allow them to keep the jobs that they have stolen –disproportionately from African Americans would be a stab in the back by Obama. Illegal immigrants do take jobs from Black Americans. Illegal immigrants separate their own families if they are deported. (Hey, they knew when they acted illegally to stay or enter the county that they could be deported at anytime and they may take their families with them if they are deported. And no one says that the government is ripping apart families when parents convicted of crimes go the jail. The separating of families is the natural consequence of criminal violations of the law in each case.)

  19. To the truth who said GOD is white! faith does not have an color, just believe and your life will be so much better! be blessed!

  20. time for the new UNIA movement

  21. Dyson openly uses the N-Word which reinforces stereotypes. Does he not get it? He is supporting the racist mentality that he opposes. He is reinforcing racism.

    Black men must go to school. WEB Dubois said, ” The Throne of knowledge sits behind gates of Toil”.

    So the solution rests in finding a way to educate them and the problem will resolve itself in four years.

    Education today and Education forever…with God first.

  22. We have a "value: problem. We are not valuing ourselves (which it is easy to take someone else's life and live recklessly). We do not value our own institutions or experience which is why we run to others and stay on the fence. Once we start t value ourselves (starting in the mirror), then value our families, community, and so forth things will get better.

  23. Unfortunately, plans without resources are only a dream and you support amnesty for illegal immigrants so wish to deny black men resources. Can you expect someone to put your interest ahead of theirs? Can you expect any other ethnic group to put the interests of blacks ahead of theirs? So no other ethnic group interests should be held above ours—not Chinese Americans or Asian Americans or Hispanic Americans or Jewish Americans and their devotion to the state of Israel or Palestinian Americans and their desire for a homeland or the Democratic Party Here in California recently there was a clash about Affirmative Action for blacks and Latinos. Chinese Americans protected their interests and objected to it (See http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_25361339/california-affirmative-action-challenge-is-dead and http://www.mercurynews.com/immigration/ci_25505076/affirmative-action-debate-create-rifts-ethnic-communities ), saying that it would limit Asian admissions to the University of California system. (Unlike Evelina Hodge, they didn’t say that all “people of color” will benefit by such affirmative action. And they won. No affirmative action was approved for blacks and Latinos.) If other groups want something, we must think first how it will effect us and what will we get from our support. A black-brown alliance is only good if it is negotiated on favorable terms to the black side. If it is not, then it’s the black being exploited by the brown to push their agenda and ignore the black agenda.
    For example, unemployment among blacks is increased by the presence of illegal immigrants—the vast majority of which are not black and amnesty of 10 million or so of them would serve to lock them into 600,000 to 2,000,000 jobs that would otherwise go to blacks. See http://www.theroot.com/views/how-illegal-immigration-hurts-black-america?utm_medium=feed&obref=obinsite and imagine that job loss multiplied by thousands or hundreds of thousands of times nation wide. Yet, some blacks support such amnesty and therefore support a job loss of 600,000 to 2,000,000 among blacks. That’s a job loss that we cannot afford.

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