Pandemic Protests Reveal Racism As ‘American Issue,’ Not A ‘Black Issue’ | Michael E. Dyson IG Live

Pandemic Protests Reveal Racism As 'American Issue,' Not A 'Black Issue' | Michael E. Dyson IG Live 1


Professor Michael Eric Dyson joins Ari Melber for a candid conversation on Instagram Live to discuss the protests following the police killing of George Floyd. Dyson, author of “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America” discusses racism’s deep roots, the historical context for these protests, and how black leaders and intellectuals from Toni Morrison to James Baldwin have long urged Americans to confront fundamental and systemic racism. Aired on 6/2/2020.
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Pandemic Protests Reveal Racism As 'American Issue,' Not A 'Black Issue' | Michael E. Dyson IG Live

51 Comments on "Pandemic Protests Reveal Racism As ‘American Issue,’ Not A ‘Black Issue’ | Michael E. Dyson IG Live"

  1. Never forget Helsinki and ‘its all under control…I take no responsibility’

    Biden and Blue 2020

  2. SpaceCityArt | June 2, 2020 at 8:43 PM | Reply

    There’s no such thing as ‘race’, other than the human race. Race is a societal construct by nation-states to oppress, to control.

    • Racism, in the modern sense, springs from the evolutionary writings of Darwin and his peers. I know Darwin plagiarized a lot of his work, but he made it part of popular culture. People needed a “scientific” basis for the “us vs them” tribalism that is part of human nature. Evolution, in its simplistic mechanisms, has fallen from popular favor, at least as far as human beings are concerned. The majority of us are all “systemically” specist. Darwin allowed the public to look on those who were different as another species. A lower species. Science has since proven otherwise. But in this case, the majority of people prefer to be consciously ignorant of science. This is the reason Trump’s backers don’t call him out on his scientific ignorance. Rather, it draws them to him. Like sticks together. The “tribe” must survive and prosper even if that disadvantages other tribes. An old label used by conquerors for those they conquered was savages. As long as all of us, (black, white, Asian, Muslim, Christian, Jew), allow tribalism to order our thinking, we are ALL savages.

    • @GasconyKid we are you lil puss

    • @Q Wins that’s your famous blk ppl list 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • Just like sports

    • Ferguson-Factor 710 | June 4, 2020 at 9:22 AM | Reply

      Asians, Arabs, Whites, White Hispanics, White Mexicans, White Latinos have always had a perpetual hatred for “The People of The Book”-aka-so called Black People. So why all of a sudden they want to pretend that same “PERPETUAL HATRED” just disappeared overnight?

  3. “There is no racism in America.” say most racists.
    🙄 😒

  4. Now THIS, is how you make America great again. True patriotism has nothing to do with wearing a silly red hat, or wrapping yourself in the flag. Those are things you can train a mon.key to do. And if it’s something you can teach a mon.key to do, it’s probably not patriotic at all. True  Patriotism is caring about what happens to one another. The heart of true patriotism is caring about what happens to your fellow American citizen.

    “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.”
    –Dr Martin Luther King Jr

    • David J yes, thank,you. Exactly right!

    • Kathy Franklund | June 2, 2020 at 11:15 PM | Reply

      David J , The devil will come in disguise wrapping himself in a flag and holding a Bible well guess what we got both in trump* , and the GOP! I hope other countries will come and help defend us against trump* and the GOP,and his military! Hey Europe are you listening?Hey Australia are you listening ?hey anybody that is our Allie are you listening?We need you to come and defend us against a dictator!

    • ❤❤❤❤❤😢😢😢😢😢

    • Jillian Copeland | June 3, 2020 at 11:50 AM | Reply

      @Kathy Franklund I think most of the world is with you when it comes to wannabe dictator Don.

    • Mike Polakowski | June 3, 2020 at 10:30 PM | Reply

      This is a serious problem but there is one far bigger….. last year there were 1300 felonies committed by bp on wp every day….this problem the elephant in the room and cowards refuse to address the problem…….this number is rapidly growing… showing the racists are attacking at a higher rate…. how can we say,,

      racism bad…. racists ok…..

  5. Thank you gentlemen for such an insightful and spot on conversation.

  6. Tom Pattinson | June 2, 2020 at 9:51 PM | Reply

    Australians are with you too ✊

  7. Kevin Heintz | June 2, 2020 at 10:00 PM | Reply

    These interviews from home are 10,000% better than the usual studio interviews. I love it. Wish they stayed this way after everything is over.

  8. Chuck Washington | June 2, 2020 at 10:10 PM | Reply

    Did Trump get his Coward-19 test today?

  9. Doug Schaufele | June 2, 2020 at 10:12 PM | Reply

    Narcissist “Don the Con” is fulfilling Putin’s wishes as the country is weaker now than it was 4 years ago!

  10. It’s safe to say that we’ve improved negligibly since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

  11. So glad the discussion came out loud and clear the level of protest to what is “right or wrong”
    “Damned if you do! Damned if you don’t!”
    NOVEMBER! Everyone out there, broke a window, stood your ground or stayed at home (me: still afraid of COVID , high risk) VOTE!!
    Not just tRump out but the Senators and other officials who’ve made a “killing” on this presidency- We have GOT to educate ourselves and vote this s#*t out!!!
    COVID or not, mail-in or not….I WILL VOTE!

  12. Last Man Standing | June 2, 2020 at 10:24 PM | Reply

    1919 Red Summer, 1921 Black Wall Street, Jimmy Crow, Church bombing in Birmingham, Civil Rights movement 1968 Summer, etc…

  13. J&JB Transport | June 2, 2020 at 10:28 PM | Reply

    We are going to be discussing this for along time! I can’t wait for the back story! The owner of a night club said they both, Floyd and that cop did security for them. Did they cross paths? Did his girlfriend and that officer knew each other, because that can upset a racist white man. A black man sleeping with their white women. And last what was his record like on the force? I just know we haven’t heard nothing yet! I think they’re too afraid to ever release that body cam.

  14. Anibal Montanez | June 2, 2020 at 10:28 PM | Reply

    These officers all 4should have been arrested and charged with murder since day 1.period

    • I pray for a more perfect world, where these horrors do not happen. Where we all live as brothers and sisters of One People.

      I don’t know you but I love you.
      It is a choice.
      We have to begin somewhere.

      I am a white man.
      But my blood is as red as anyone’s.

      Peace to all of my brothers and sisters of humanity.
      We are one even if some of us don’t know it yet.

  15. Michele Kett | June 3, 2020 at 12:22 AM | Reply

    Eisenhower did say what has transpired regarding the corporate military takeover of the economy. It has happened.

  16. Yefry Turcios | June 3, 2020 at 12:57 AM | Reply

    When Michael mentioned that even with a pandemic we still have police brutality I laughed so hard bc it’s true

  17. Dan Ozomatli | June 3, 2020 at 2:10 AM | Reply

    Yes, this is an American issue my friend. Not just black but all people here.

  18. Phenom Esquire | June 3, 2020 at 2:33 AM | Reply

    Donald Rumsfeld to The Iraqi’s in 2003:

    “While no-one condones looting. One can understand the pent-up feelings that may result from decades of repression and people who have had members of their family killed by that regime,”

    “And I don’t think there’s anyone…(who wouldn’t) accept it as part of the price to get a repressed regime to freedom” end quote!!!

    Someone else also quoted.

    “So, if the same leaders understood the pent-up feelings of Iraqi’s thousands of miles away under a repressive regime could do the same for their own communities who are suffering ‘only’ for the color of their skin 🤔 “

  19. Rich Porter | June 3, 2020 at 2:52 AM | Reply

    America Has To Burn In Order To Change It’s Ways,..

    • Great idea Rich lets start with the thugs and drug dealers that has held your people back for 2 generations.

  20. You don’t have to be black, to see injustice.

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