Michael Eric Dyson, Humanities Professor, University of Pennsylvania; Author, Debating Race
TITLE: Debating Race
The so called “hip-hop intellectual” Michael Eric Dyson – the man who challenged actor Bill Cosby for his attack on poor blacks – will tell us why racial injustice and class antagonism are still important matters of national concern. He will touch on many current issues, including the continuing debate on affirmative action, the racial fallout after 9/11, the influence of Condoleeza Rice in black America, and what Hurricane Katrina and devastation of New Orleans reveals about race in America.
Dyson is widely considered to be a role model and patriarch in the African American community—having grown up as a welfare recipient, he is now an Ivy League professor. Known for framing the debate on race, he has coined the words "Afristocracy" and "ghettocracy,” culturally prevalent terms used to describe the separation of middle-class and low-income black Americans. Dyson is also one of the world's leading scholars on the hip-hop music genre, its roots in African and African-American cultures, and its influence on American popular culture.
This program was recorded live on March 6, 2007