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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 Racecollects 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, andDebating Racegives 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 inDebating Raceto touch a nerve in all of us.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Taste for Talkp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Civil Rights
Movin' on Up? Segregation, Integration, and Assimilationp. 3
The Greatest American Ever: The Radical, and Human, Martin Luther King, Jr.p. 25
Too Little Thought, Too Little Action? Black Leaders and Intellectualsp. 39
Myths, Distortions, and History: Affirmative Actionp. 61
Rainbow Collision? Black, White, and Brownp. 93
Membership Has Its Privileges: Coloring White Identitiesp. 115
The Mexicans Are Coming: Immigration and the Borders of Fearp. 129
Conflicting Loves
I say Yo, You Say Oy: Blacks, Jews, and Lovep. 155
Can We All Get Along? Racial Friction and the Beloved Communityp. 175
Homelands, Homegirls, and Homefronts: The Politics of Black Lovep. 195
Where Is the Love? Condoleezza Rice and Black Folkp. 209
General Principles: Colin Powell's Compassionate Conservatismp. 215
Youth and Violence
Dying for Attention: Gun Obsession and American Violencep. 221
The Stakes Are High: Violence, Hip-Hop, and the United States Senatep. 231
Black Masculinity
Million Heirs: Marching Toward Manhoodp. 245
In His Own Hands: Black Male Intensity and Latrell Sprewell's American Dreamp. 251
Is Dave Chappelle Crazy? The Price of Fame and the Paranoid Stylep. 269
The Empire Keeps Track: 9/11, Race, and Religionp. 281
Who's to Blame? Victims, Survivors, and Agents in Hurricane Katrinap. 295
The Humor in the Hurt: Politically Incorrect Reflections on Hurricane Katrinap. 309
Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word: Apologies and Reparations for Slaveryp. 315
Still Some Juice Left: O. J. Ten Years Laterp. 327
Weapons of Mass Seduction: The War in Iraq and Inside USp. 339
Anatomy of a Conflict: Why Bill Cosby is Still Wrong
Bill Paid: Philanthropy or Social Justice?p. 357
ResponsiBillity: Cosby's Conservative Turnp. 381
Shock (Jock) Therapy? Bills of Rightp. 387
Poor Excuse: Cosby and the Politics of Disgustp. 391
Acknowledgmentsp. 409
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