Michael Eric Dyson

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Aretha Franklin performing at a benefit for Rev. C. L. Franklin, her father, in Detroit in 1980.CreditLeni Sinclair/Getty Images

In 2015, Aretha Franklin invited me and a few others to join her in Philadelphia as she sang for Pope Francis. I was certainly thrilled to see the pontiff up close. But, I must confess, after many years of friendship, I was still more excited to watch the Queen of Soul. Even at 73, Franklin could trap lightning in her mouth at a moment’s notice and shout down fire to earth.

Just the mention of Aretha Franklin’s name conjured transcendent sonic fury. She came to it honestly. Her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, was one of the most storied preachers of his day.…  Seguir leyendo »

Gore Vidal, el genial escritor difunto, alguna vez dijo que vivimos en “Estados Unidos de Amnesia”. Nuestra capacidad para olvidar destella cuando los fanáticos blancos salen del clóset, envalentonados por la protección tácita que les brinda nuestro presidente. No podemos fingir que el fanatismo espantoso que se desató este fin de semana en las calles de Charlottesville, Virginia, no tiene nada que ver con la elección de Donald Trump.

Entre los asistentes a la manifestación estaba el separatista blanco David Duke, quien declaró que el fiasco que fue aquella marcha por la unidad de la derecha radical “cumple con las promesas de Donald Trump”.…  Seguir leyendo »

We all can see the same videos. But you insist that the camera doesn’t tell the whole story. Of course you’re right, but you don’t really want to see or hear that story.

At birth, you are given a pair of binoculars that see black life from a distance, never with the texture of intimacy. Those binoculars are privilege; they are status, regardless of your class. In fact the greatest privilege that exists is for white folk to get stopped by a cop and not end up dead when the encounter is over.

Those binoculars are also stories, bad stories, biased stories, harmful stories, about how black people are lazy, or dumb, or slick, or immoral, people who can’t be helped by the best schools or even God himself.…  Seguir leyendo »