Liberal Georgetown Sociology Professor Michael Eric Dyson is in hot water after seemingly comparing the Betsy Ross flag to swastikas.
But, did he…or didn’t he?
Following Nike’s pulling of sneakers with the Betsy Ross flag earlier this week due to Nike spokesman Colin Kaepernick’s telling the shoe maker that he and others find the flag offensive, liberal Georgetown sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson allegedly compared the flag to the Nazi swastika and a burning Ku Klux Klan cross during a MSNBC appearance on Wednesday.
Following his MSNBC appearance, Dyson received a lot of criticism on Twitter.
Michael Eric Dyson might be the most intellectually shallow person I’ve ever heard speak. He clings to identity politics and espouses ideas that genuinely make me question how he ever got a job as a university professor. MSNBC should be ashamed of having him on their network
— SampsonPede (@sampson105) July 3, 2019
“Please racists & white supremacists who are using patriotism as a cover: Stop! I did NOT compare the flag to a Swastika. I answered a question about PC culture & why symbols & words matter, & in THAT context I referenced it. Be just as angry about flag being hijacked by racists!”
Please racists & white supremacists who are using patriotism as a cover: Stop! I did NOT compare the flag to a Swastika. I answered a question about PC culture & why symbols & words matter, & in THAT context I referenced it. Be just as angry about flag being hijacked by racists! pic.twitter.com/XL9U8cXELk
— Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson) July 4, 2019
Although the Betsy Ross flag has been used occasionally by extremists groups in the past, to say that it is commonplace is weak.
“Most white supremacists would not know what the Betsy Ross flag was if you asked them about it, compared to all the other symbols that they constantly use,” said Mark Pitcavage, senior research fellow with the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.