As is to be expected whenever he's in front of a camera, Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson, appearing on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, accused Republicans of exploiting "racist elements" in the society.
Fortunately for viewers, the lone conservative on the panel, National Review editor Rich Lowry, pushed back against this nonsense (video follows with transcript and commentary):
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY: But, you know, Obama...
DAVID GREGORY, HOST: Quick point here, yeah.
MR. DYSON: ...he's in a very tough position, I think, because, you know, it--people want him to get angry. You know, people call, "Stand up." You know, and I, of course, believe that the spine should be shown. But he's in a difficult position. If he does it, then he's the angry black guy, "This is the guy we warned you against." And let's not underestimate the degree to which the right wing has been able to exploit, in very impolitic fashion, some of those racist elements that are substrata there, but that the paranoia and fear of what it might mean to see Obama have a second term, that has been a galvanizing impact that people have, I think, to this...
MR. GREGORY: All right. We, we got to go here.
MR. DYSON: ...to this day...(unintelligible).
After a commercial break, Lowry just couldn't let this stand:
RICH LOWRY, NATIONAL REVIEW: I just want to address Michael's last point. You know, a tea party hero is Herman Cain, and there is zero racial anxiety there among tea parties--partiers supporting an African-American.
Not surprisingly, Dyson responded with more racially charged nonsense saying, "Well, that's because he reinforces a stereotype of what a black man is."
Unfortunately, the program ran out of time for a follow-up by Lowry.
Regardless, as NewsBusters has been reporting for almost all year, the modus operandi of the liberal media is to make all opponents of Obama's racist.
It really is disheartening that in 2011, with our nation's first black president in the White House now for almost three years, folks like Dyson feel this is still appropriate.
Maybe they should consider that it is their use of the race card that keeps racism alive.
Or is that too difficult for a Georgetown professor to grasp?