MSNBC’s Michael Eric Dyson: ‘You Know How You Felt About 9/11? That’s How We Feel’ About Race

MSNBC contributor and Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson attempted on Monday to craft an analogy to the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin in order to communicate the black community’s sentiment to the cable news network’s white viewers. “Remember how you felt on 9/11?” Dyson asked. “Yeah, that’s how we feel when it comes to race.”

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MSNBC host Alex Wagner expressed her frustration over how difficult she finds it convincing the nation that racism still exists and continues to be prevalent. Dyson agreed and expanded on how he believes that reality can be communicated to some disbelieving demographics.

“When the people who rig the definition and the litmus test have a bias to begin with, it’s not going to be proof positive for you when you come along testing whether race or bias exists,” Dyson began. “We don’t have to impugn [Zimmerman attorney] Mr. [Mark] O’Mara‘s character and integrity to say what you are talking about is on Mars and we’re on Venus.”

“We have to often tell people who get defensive about racism analogy, let’s make an analogy to terrorism,” he added. “So, you know how you felt on 9/11? yeah, that’s how we feel when it comes to race.”

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