Wow! That's some of the craziest, and perhaps the most incindiary spewage I've heard from the mouth of an "intellectual" in my lifetime. Dyson's a race warrior issuing pep talk to the troops before battle. He's in that age range of those too young to have directly participated in the noble efforts of those in the 50s and 60s who creatively pioneered a relatively nonviolent paradigm to help advance eradication of racial disparity. Perhaps he's nostalgic for the glory of a previous generation. Unfortunately the only thing left for creativity these days [in the wake of success from the previous generation] in attempt to partake of similar glory as a racial leader, is to set the stage, stir the masses, rekindle the tension to a level matching that of fifty years prior. Reverse engineering?
Somewhat similar to the checks and balances of separation of powers in government, fifty years ago intellectuals and provocateurs were more effectively separated, a stage set for playing toward a relatively greater sanity. As the intellectuals have become provocateurs and the provocateurs intellectual, a relatively greater insanity rears its head.
Whatever his intent, Dyson's "The reality is you got to act now... Do something bold... Not until, and unless, the number of white kids died that approximate the number of numbers of blacks and other kids who died will America see... I think the Attorney General will look at this, and I think it's time for him to act!" is effectively the most virtually destructive statement I've ever heard broadcast on public airwaves! :(
Today's Dyson would not have been given a mainstream platform fifty years ago. It seems we've regressed somehow in spirit to the insanely crazed days of John Brown.
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