Michael Eric Dyson on Trump, Truth, and Race

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Fri, 12/21/2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Making Contact


Americas unwillingness to assess the ugly truth about systemic inequality has created a perpetual sinkhole of denial. A reality that existed long before Trumps presidency. Its AMERICAs Legacy.

On this edition, we hear from Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, one of the nations most prominent public intellectuals, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, and an editor of The New Republic. Dr. Dyson recently penned, What Truth Sounds Like: RFK, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America. Todays conversation with Professor Dyson explores race and truth in the age of Trump.


Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN's The Undefeated website. His rise from humble roots in Detroit to his present perch as a world class intellectual, noted author of 19 books, prominent leader and national media fixture testify to his extraordinary talent. Dyson has also taught at other elite universities like Brown University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University and The University of Pennsylvania.


The Central American region and especially, the country of Guatemala, is vulnerable to numerous natural disasters - earthquakes, hurricanes, landslides, droughts and ... volcanoes.

Thousands of Guatemalans are still recovering from the effects of the eruption of a volcano called Fuego - Spanish for "fire" - which took place in the summer of 2018. In this report, our special correspondent Maria Martin looks back at the disaster - which some people are calling the worst natural disaster to strike Guatemala in decades - and she takes stock of whats happened since. Its one more catastrophe in which the poor and the vulnerable were hit the hardest, and they are demanding investigations of government corruption and neglect.