Michael Eric Dyson: Donald Trump is “what black people have warned America about”


Chaunce D




There is a lack of moral leadership in America. The country is like a wheel: racism, consumerism, celebrity-worship, violence at home and abroad, sexism, misogyny, anti-intellectualism, and extreme wealth and income inequality are like the spokes radiating outward from the moral vacuum at its center.

Donald Trump’s election is one major effect of this moral crisis but arguably not its cause.

How did this moral crisis come to be? How have racism and other forms of bigotry compromised the common good and social welfare of the United States? How does racism and white supremacy hurt white people? How do we explain the way evangelical Christians were so easily seduced by Donald Trump, a man who could be described as the living embodiment of the seven deadly sins? How do we correct America’s lack of moral leadership and stop or reverse Donald Trump’s authoritarian political movement?

In an effort to answer these questions,one of my favorite podcasters & writers, Chauncey DeVega, sits with with Michael Eric Dyson. Dyson is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University and the author of many books, including his most recent,”What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America” and “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.”(I just finished reading that one – another masterpiece by the high-spirited wordsmith!)



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