The Corner

Dyson on Gay-Marriage Opposition: ‘The Same Argument Was Made in Defense of White Supremacy’

Gay-marriage opponents are making the same arguments that white supremacists made decades ago against civil rights for blacks, Georgetown professor and MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Dyson was responding to Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, who argued that opposing gay marriage did not make someone a bigot, pointing out that President Obama opposed gay marriage until May 2012. Traditional marriage, as a foundational institution of Western civilization, should be “protected and defended,” Reed said.

“I got to say this,” Dyson interjected. “The same argument was made in defense of white supremacy against African-American people. The very same argument: it will destroy civilization, it will undermine the American family, it will challenge our civic institutions, it will unravel our civil polities.”

Dyson defended Obama’s “evolution” on the issue of gay marriage, saying: “In the American culture, yes, people can change their mind, they can evolve, they can grow, they can think that one thing was true then, another thing is true now.”

“Most Americans believed 50 years ago one thing about issues of race, now they believe something different,” he said. “As we make a move toward progressive realization of what is enlightened viewpoints, your [Reed’s] affirmation of marriage for those that are heterosexual goes against people who are affirming their right as same-sex people.”

Rachel Maddow’s expression (at the 1:15 mark) says it all.

Last week, Dyson compared Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to “a symbolic Jew [who] has invited a metaphoric Hitler to commit Holocaust and genocide upon his own people” after Thomas voted to strike down a portion of the Voting Rights Act.
Andrew Stiles — Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
Elections

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More
U.S.

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More