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Published On: Thu, Aug 1st, 2013

Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson says Bill O’Reilly surprised blacks ‘don’t throw bananas’ or ‘swing from trees’

Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson issued a challenge to Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly during a Sunday morning appearance with MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry. He said that O’Reilly’s talk about the problems facing the black community lacks a base of empirical knowledge, and he would like to have a real “conversation” about race with the Fox host. Dyson said that O’Reilly was recently “surprised that black people don’t throw bananas at each other or swing from trees” in Harlem, and is not well-positioned to frankly discuss racial issues.

no racism symbol slash logo“There is one high-profile white man who is willing to talk about race,” Harris-Perry opened a segment on race relations. She played a clip of O’Reilly talking about what he thought were the problems facing the black community, including the breakdown of the African-American nuclear family.

Via Mediaite, Watch that O’Reilly clip below.

“Why is it that when we say we want to have a conversation on race, you want to have a conversation on blackness?” Dyson said in reaction to the clip. “You don’t want to have a conversation on white privilege, on conscious bias. You don’t want to talk about the collective world we’ve made black, brown, red, yellow, and white people. You want to lecture black people.”

Dyson added that even President Barack Obama has said, as exemplified by a recent speech to students at the predominantly black Morehouse College, “no excuse-making.” Turning to the issue of inner-city crime, Dyson said that the media’s lack of focus on crime ridden neighborhoods is a contributing factor to that epidemic of violence.

“But this is what we know: White on white crime is a devastation in America like so-called black on black crime. It’s not black or white on white crime. It’s proximity murder,” Dyson said. “The cameras don’t show up in Chicago like they show up in Newtown and Aurora. All we’re asking for is equal attention paid to crises at a time of enormous distress for our vulnerable children to be assisted.”

Dyson said that O’Reilly could not understand the issues facing black people because he is too far removed from the community.

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  1. Angela Watt says:

    This Professor is totally out to lunch. It’s shameful that he’s actually in the position of teaching.

  2. William says:

    Professor Dyson is a racist and should should arrested for Sedition. Even still… why has this bigot not been fired?

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