The old trope that truth telling requires a great deal of courage is not always right. Those who tell the truth often enjoy a rare freedom from the social pressures that compel others to distort what they know to make room for a belief in the world as they would like it to be.
Whether President Obama should be supported or opposed in his bid for re-election this year is a fundamental question facing left-wing Americans who have been disappointed with his performance during his first term. Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University and Glen Ford of BlackAgendaReport.com take up opposing sides of the argument.
CNN is rarely the forum where we hear thoughtful points of view, but Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson breaks the mold as he rips apart the befuddled superintendent of Arizona public schools, Tom Horne, over Arizona’s decision to ban ethnic studies.
In this recent clip from “The Colbert Report,” author Michael Eric Dyson instructs the show’s self-professedly “colorblind” host about the differences between race, bigotry and racism. Displaying his keen sense of racial sensitivity, Stephen Colbert claims that the only way he knows he’s a white man is “because I have a late-night talk show.”