Sunday, September 19, 2021

Over! Michael Eric Dyson Details End Friendship with of Cornel West (Listen)

Michael-Eric-Dyson-Cornel-Wes*Although he still regards Cornel West as one of the most intelligent guys around, Michael Eric Dyson believes his mentor has let his personal feelings on President Barack Obama dominate his current mind state.

In his story, “The Ghost of Cornel West,” Dyson goes in on West, writing that their 35-year friendship ended as West’s personal attacks on Obama have damaged his credibility and caused him to become a parody of his old self.

“It is not only that West’s preoccupations with Obama’s perceived failures distracted him, though that is true; more accurate would be to say that the last several years revealed West’s paucity of serious and fresh intellectual work, a trend far longer in the making. West is still a Man of Ideas, but those ideas today are a vain and unimaginative repackaging of his earlier hits,” Dyson wrote

In an interview with The Root, Dyson explained his reasoning for the story. In his eyes, “Something irrational is going on” with West, whom he feels has “obscured the sometimes powerful and sometimes luminous and other times legitimate critique” he may have.

It was the nastiness of the tone. The unprincipled assault. There’s a difference between that and ad hominem,” Dyson said Sunday (April 19).

“But when you weight it down under the burden of extraordinary, personal bitterness, it just wipes away all the good stuff that you might say and makes us question what it is about the motivation for your criticism in the long run.”

Dyson’s remarks allude to critiques West has made of him as well as Melissa Harris-Perry, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Despite criticizing Obama at various times, the Root noted that West has labeled them as “traitors of sorts, liars and opportunists” for opting to tow “the Obama administration line” and not coming down on the president fully in light of their respect for the office and the high regard many African Americans have for Obama.

As a result, West described Dyson and co. as “false prophets” considers his voice to be the only one able to speak up against Obama.

While West has compared himself to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dyson mentioned that his former friend is exhibiting some very un-MLK-like qualities.

“Martin Luther King never talked about people he disagreed with in the way West has talked about me or Melissa or Jackson or Obama. Martin Luther King didn’t even call the white racists he disagreed with those kind of names,” Dyson said.

To HEAR Michael Eric Dyson’s interview with The Root, check out the player below:

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8 COMMENTS

  1. This is very unfortunate indeed!
    What about the children coming up behind us, what does this say for their future if respected authorities and dignitaries cannot rise above petty small minded concerns to understand the relevance of each individual as a part of a whole, global diverse community? Malicious slander should never be used to tear someone down, especially and particularly on a world stage.
    It is perfectly alright to disagree with someone’s perspectives, values, and politics. But, personal attacks are completely unacceptable.

  2. M.E.D.? IS “MEDicine”!!!!, AND the truth!!!!!! NO ONE can front ‘on this man’s intellect or the vernacular in which he states ….the truth! His shyt is “high”?, but “down to earth” at the saaaaaame daaaaayum tiiiiiiiiiiime!!!! Bravo for his mind, voice AND….balls!!!! TITMFB!

  3. From the very beginning I felt that Cornell West and Travis Smiley had contempt for our president. I think it all boils down to jealousy. I lost all respect for these clowns after hearing their disparaging remarks about the first black president of the United States. Their attacks were unwarranted and without merit. He had hardly taken office when these too clowns begin their assault. I saw West on the Ed Shultz show, MSMBC, and he went on a tirade, reminiscent of Sara Palin’s word salad, and spewed more lies about the president, since he had no idea what the president knew. At the end of his babbling, Ed Shultz looked at him and said, “It sounds personal to me.” Enough said.

    • Whaddup man! Hey it’s “jealousy? & “I” think?, the fact that Obie didn’t “invite them into his circle”. Now remember!!!…..they were NOT swangin with POTUS!!!, they were hangin with “HILARY”!!!, & only triiiiiied the other siiiiiiide AFTER Obie got those super delegate votes & it was apparent Obie was going to be in, & Hilary….”out”. Now!!!!, the REAL question is?, why “DiDN’T” Obie “give them a ticket to his set”? The answer?, is SO obvious & evident “now”, isn’t it!? Obie saw that these two tap dancin sambos were/ARE …all about their narcissism & getting a fkn “check”, rather than sincerely being about the advancement of their people! Hell…Stevie Wonder could see that….when someone like POTUS comes along, & you’ve been talking all this SHYT!!!!, about luuuuuuving & wanting “the best FOR” your people etc…. HTF could you “NOT” be rocking with “Obie”!!!?? Again!!….this was before “1” muthafkn policy was suggested or implemented!!! This?….was “b4” he became POTUS!! So….it was when one’s “true colors” we’re showing & when the “evidence of all their rants. ideology & “Black luuuuuuv” “should’ve” been “paramount” exposed, & damn near in “3D”!!!!! But see, it wasn’t & whyyyyyyyyyy????, b/c “THEY DIDN’T “HAVE” ANY TO expose or substantial all the shyt they had articulated over all these years. In short….Obie saw through they’re BS, & KNEW they couldn’t be trusted to pass out fkn “registration cards”!!!!, let alone follow or respect his initiatives/agendas. Just look at WTF they’re doing now!!! These actions were not the “response” to attacks on them from POTUS, they are simply unsubstantiated lies & “personal attacks” on the “EPITOME of the manifestation they claimed to be waiting for”! And so, for them to be goin in ‘on Obie, like “this”!?, just reflects their hypocrisy, dishonesty, immaturity, insecurity & everything ELSE Obie saw in these two butlers. And so….not being able to make a buck with POTUS?, they simply “doo dahed” dey asses over to….the other side, & except support from Walmart & all the other blatant “enemies of their people”!! And alas?, revealing their true ideology & agenda NOT being about helping there people, but simply…..”getting paaaaaaid”. But yeah “that TOO” is….”Obie’s fault”. Any way “my 2 cents” & prolly?, a replay of Obie’s 2007…..”crystal ball”. “BOOM”! One!

  4. These 2 r famous men why would they continue 2 talk about the president use there influence 2 improve humanity no one wants 2 hear or read he said she said they said we need solutions.

  5. I’m very glad to see a man of Dyson’s stature come out and say what needs to be said. Cornell West is played out and he has lost all credibility. Cornell West seems preoccupied with hearing himself talk. It is very clear that he is jealous of President Obama, who runs circles around him. I have absolutely no respect for COON-el West and his sidekick Travesty Smiley.

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