• MSNBC’s Michael Eric Dyson: Rachel Dolezal is More Black Than Clarence Thomas

    Professor Eric Michael Dyson defended Rachel Dolezal living in disguise as a black woman on Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s The Ed Show.

    Dr. Dyson criticized Rachel Dolezal’s parents for outing her as caucasion instead of allowing her to embrace a black identity.

    “It’s striking to me that her parents want her to pledge fealty and fidelity and loyalty, to her true roots, but what Rachel has suggested—that she has embraced an African American culture, black identity that seems to run counter to what her parents desire,” Dr. Dyson said.

    He then likened Dolezal to former president Bill Clinton because he too is “black in the cultural sense.

    “I understand people getting upset, on the black side, on the white side, saying look just be who you are and still stand up for what you stand up for,” he continued, “but on the other hand, those of us that talk about race as a social construct that is more complicated—Bill Clinton as the first black president though he didn’t try to claim he was black—it means that, though she may not be African American, but she certainly could be black in the cultural sense—she has taken on the ideas, the identities, the struggles, she has identified with them.”

    “I bet a lot more black people support Rachel Dolezal, than lets’s say would support Clarence Thomas,” he added. “The point is, how do we support useful blackness, the utility of blackness in the service of justice and I think here we haven’t answered that question yet.”

    Dyson’s assertion is evidence that the “race issue” is not about color but about ideology. If you are a conservative and black, you really aren’t black according to liberals.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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