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On Friday, HBO’s Bill Maher fired back at leftist Vanderbilt University professor Michael Eric Dyson after Dyson claimed parents were “spooked by Critical Race Theory.” Maher retorted, “I find that a disingenuous argument because I don’t think that is what people are objecting to.”
Dyson stated, “The point is parents who were spooked by Critical Race Theory, none of whom can define it, when you ask them what it is, they don’t know.”
“I find that a disingenuous argument because I don’t think that is what people are objecting to,” Maher responded. “They are not objecting to black history being taught. There are other things going on in the schools.”
“Like what?” Dyson sneered.
“Like separating children by race and describing them as either oppressed or oppressor. I mean, there are children coming home who feel traumatized by this. That‘s what parents are objecting to,” Maher answered.
In January 2017, after black comedian Steve Harvey and football great Jim Brown met with former President Donald Trump, activist Marc Lamont Hill said, “It was a bunch of mediocre Negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo op for Donald Trump’s exploitative campaign against black people.” Asked about Hill’s comments by Martha MacCallum of Fox News, Dyson began by claiming that whites had not been taught to think about race properly, intoning that in his new book what he wanted to do was to “invite white Americans into a conversation about race to think about how it’s constructed, about how white innocence, about white fragility, about white vulnerability are all thrown in there together, and how sometimes white people get resentful, understandably, being asked to talk about a subject they have no skills to talk about because they’ve not been practiced in it.”
Dyson added that former President Barack Obama’s presence “provoked a kind of nastiness, a viciousness. For instance, you can have legitimate disagreements with Barack Obama and not be accused of racism, but there’s no denying that a lot of the sentiment against Obama was racially driven.”
McCallum asked, “Are you saying Harvey is not the person for that conversation with Donald Trump?”
I’m saying that if you’re talking about serious issues of weight, values and gravitas with black America . . . Steve Harvey is not the point man for discussing policy in black America. I’m saying that there are many people who are practicing that, who are dealing with that every day, who have strategic advantages because they’ve been thinking about this: Steve Harvey is the attempt by Donald Trump to avoid with some serious weight and theological and theoretical and sociological analysis about what’s going on in the community.
The same month Dyson told CNN, “Many African-American people say look we were introduced to terror long before 9/11 —the vicious police forces of America that have victimized us, and the way in which white supremacy operated.”
In May 2018, debating famed psychologist Jordan Peterson, Dyson snapped, “This is what I’m saying to you: Why the rage, brah? … You’re doing well but you’re a mean, mad, white man.”