Friday, January 27, 2012

Interviewed by Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson gave a lecture in Columbus on January 10, 2012. His message really resonated with me: If you want to honor King's legacy, live it out in our own day by working for the equality of immigrants, LGBTs, the poor, the incarcerated.

The next day, he tweeted this picture that we took after his lecture.
The day after that, the picture he tweeted was of him and Gabrielle Union!

Before I could come down from the high of being inspired by his lecture and being tickled that I was in the same Twitter album as Gabrielle Union, he invited me to be on his radio show. I was the guest for the entire one-hour special in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2012. You can listen to the show HERE.

After this show aired, I wrote a blog post that further analyzes the pimp imagery connection that was made during the conversation with Dyson: "What Are You Speaking to Power?" I also spoke in that Dyson interview about my commitment to marking white privilege, especially in "diversity" conversations about hiring. Those views are further elaborated in an earlier blog post: "The American Way: Mediocrity, When White, Looks Like Merit."

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