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Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson Likens Betsy Ross Flag to Swastika

Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson Likens Betsy Ross Flag to Swastika

“The cross burning on somebody’s lawn. Why don’t we just have a Nike celebration of the cross—those symbols are symbols of hate.”

Nike launched a new line of sneakers just in time for Independence Day which feature a Betsy Ross flag on the heels. The line was pulled after complaints from noted social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick. Now, Michael Eric Dyson is piling on as well.

During a segment on MSNBC, Dyson compared the Betsy Ross flag to a swastika, and other racist symbols.

David Rutz reports at the Washington Free Beacon:

MSNBC Guest Compares Betsy Ross Flag to Swastika, Burning Cross

MSNBC guest Michael Eric Dyson compared the Betsy Ross American flag to the Nazi swastika and a burning Ku Klux Klan cross during an appearance Wednesday…

Dyson, a Georgetown University professor who frequently comments on racial issues from a left-wing perspective, defended the cancellation, citing its connection to the revolutionary period and that it was “deeply embroiled in enslavement.”

MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson asked Dyson to address the argument that Nike’s decision to pull the shoes was “PC culture run amok.”

“Words matter. Symbols matter, too,” Dyson said. “Why don’t we wear a swastika for July 4th? Because, I don’t know, it makes a difference. The cross burning on somebody’s lawn. Why don’t we just have a Nike celebration of the cross—those symbols are symbols of hate. So we can take PC culture back.”

Here’s the video:

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A question for you, Mr. Dyson. Do the obtuse know they’re obtuse?

Always good to get the opinions of AA hires.

What does it say about how far we have fallen when an ignorant
nobody dictates policy and morality to a major corporation?
What does it say about our nation when a major political party openly hates the nation they are in?
What does it say about our society when a PhD from a major university who teaches at another major university makes totally ignorant irrational analogies ?
What does it say about our culture when masked thugs beat people and the police just watch ?
I do not see any of this ending well !!

    ray in reply to Lewfarge. | July 4, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    I have to disagree with you on the matter of not ending well. It can, and I think will, end well, when we old men take up our arms and water the tree of liberty.

    “What does it say?”

    It says exactly what you said. The point now, is not wondering how badly it will end, but taking charge so “it” ends on our terms, and we don’t become lorded over by leftist fascists.

When the Khmer Rouge Woke-arazzi demanded removing the Confederate “southern cross” from state flags many Republicans reacted guiltily and went along with it, even though Democrats were the ones who had added it in the first place. Amazon also removed the the Confederate battle flag from Prime (although it is still for sale).

If Republicans were smart they would prominently display the Betsy Ross flag from now on, just to symbolize how out of touch Democrats have become (of course, any sentence that begins with “If Republicans were smart…” is unfortunately self-answering). I fully expect the Betsy Ross flag to suffer a fate similar to the Confederate “southern cross” and likewise be banished. I also fully expect the GOP to once again show its spinelessness and meekly go along.

Wait… did he really say that the cross is a symbol of hate?

It is the American founding (beginning on July 4th) that led to the end of slavery “four score and seven years” later, as Lincoln reminded everyone in the Gettysburg address. Why do Kaepernick and Nike and this Dyson moron hate the end of slavery and the nation that accomplished it?

    Observer in reply to AlecRawls. | July 4, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Yes, slavery had existed all over the world for thousands of years before the U.S. was founded.

    That American flag, far from being a “racist” symbol as this idiot suggests, represents a nation that nearly tore itself apart, and sacrificed hundreds of thousands of its own citizens’ lives, to end slavery within its borders. And it’s also a nation that gave former slaves all the same rights as other citizens. And it’s also a nation that gave the descendants of those slaves (and millions of other people who showed up penniless on our shores) more liberty, opportunity, and prosperity than they could ever have experienced in their native lands.

    While the rank ingratitude and shocking historical ignorance of people like Kaepernick and this Dyson clown are infuriating, on this Independence Day let us hope that someday these fools will remove the hate-filled blinders from their own eyes and appreciate the abundance of blessings (including the right to openly express idiotic opinions) that they experience every day because they are fortunate enough to live in this exceptional nation.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to AlecRawls. | July 4, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Even worse, is that they ignore the staggering sacrifice made by whites to free them, and today would like to make all their descendants pay to give them more free perks.

2smartforlibs | July 4, 2019 at 12:44 pm

That’s one sad little man. I have been around the sun a few trips and I’m a student of history and I don’t remember this kind of hate from anywhere but the left in my lifetime and its bee constant. Even when they held the reigns of power alone (1960 to 1994)

I hate idiots like this getting any publicity

Hopefully they lose even more viewers

Yet Hussein and Dems had no problem with the display of the flag at his inaugurations.

I’m not a flag enthusiast so am not the intended audience for this particular crisis. Flags are okay but beyond marking post offices and embassies abroad I don’t see the point.

However now it is driven by a need for ratings, pretty obviously. Nobody actually thinks what they say except by being goaded into it by their own team.

There’s no destination in mind, just clicks and views. Today’s cash flow.

Steven Fry is himself a far left type. In a debate he felt compelled to criticize Dyson.


If you want to trigger leftists- this is the T-shirt for doing so. I’m wearing it today. And at least once a week.

Dyson is to Academia as Stephen A. Smith is to Sports. Repeating their bombast just serves them — and serves their efforts to champion incoherence everywhere. Taking no notice is the best first step. Perhaps Mike LaChance, a most excellent blogger, can see the wisdom of just editing his article down to this ominous reflection:

SpaceInvader | July 4, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Dyson uses large words to try to look intelligent while his arguments are made up of logical fallacies. He’s an anti-white racist who makes a living ginning up racial division.

Is there some law that prohibits Dyson from leaving the country he hates and moving to some country that enjoys black rule?

Colonel Travis | July 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm

LI commenter Colonel Travis likens Michael Eric Dyson to a box of rocks.

Been flying a Betsy Ross flag at my house for years. Not just on Independence Day. But every day.

Come and take it, fascist jerk.

Professor Dyson, if you object to the American Revolution, why aren’t you in England or Canada instead?

Every hotel I’ve ever stayed used white sheets on the bed. Guess I should have demanded they be changed to another color because KKK…or something.

    White sheets on bed: racist celebration of White Power.
    Brown sheets on bed: racist denigration of Hispanics
    Red sheets on bed: racist denigration of Native Americans
    Yellow sheets on bed: racist denigration of Asians (note: may be allowed in certain circumstances when Asians academically outperform other minorities, in which case Asians are honorary white supremacists)
    Black sheets on bed: racist denigration of African Americans.
    Green sheets on bed: xenophobic denigration of Orions.
    Blue sheets on bed: xenophobic celebration of militaristic Andorians.

    You get the idea.

I have my doubts that Nike would manufacture a boatload of shoes only to put them in the trash heap. This has all the earmarks of a contrivance.

First they came for the Confederate Flag. Then this historical version of the flag. Next up for these Bolsheviks will be the American flag and the people for which it stands. There is no compromise with tyranny. They seek the destruction of this great Nation.

    redc1c4 in reply to dystopia. | July 4, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    *never* underestimate the power of of #GetWokeGoBroke on a corporation run by knuckleheads.

      MattMusson in reply to redc1c4. | July 5, 2019 at 7:52 am

      If you are offended by the Flag, you are offended by the men and women who died defending the Flag.

      Arminius in reply to redc1c4. | July 5, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      Don’t under estimate the power of “wokeness” either.

      It’s a disease of the soul that has a lot of eager takers. There is a lot of money in victimhood. Look at Colin Kaepernick and his mulit-million dollar endorsement contract with Nike. Stand for something even if you lose everything? What the guy doesn’t stand for is the flag that means everything to me. And he didn’t lose a damned thing. He’s made millions more than he ever could have as a washed up third string quarterback.

      Which makes him a better athlete than I ever was. At 57 I am a bad joke. Until I get my hips replaced I’ll be using a walker and I feel every hit I ever took on the Rugby field.

      But it’s good I took those hits. Pain needs to be part of the program. I would have been a lousy intel officer if I never put myself in the position of the warrior I was supporting. If I didn’t deploy to where, if I was wrong, I didn’t pay the price for being wrong. I’d be swimming with the sharks along with everyone else.

      I also wouldn’t be good intel officer if I didn’t tell you things that are true but you don’t want to hear. Being a Naval intelligence Officer is kind of like being a Marine. I have to qualify that assertion as there are many that will suck up to get promoted.

      A good intel officer will tell you the truth without considering if that will make him or her popular. The highest praise I ever got in the service, even considering the useless word salads in my several Navy Commendation Medals, was when I failed to perform a proper room entry into the Drill Instructors’ office on a Sunday when I was candidate duty officer. I walked into the office to casually drop off a memo that I thought no one would read until Monday.

      That Marine locked me up. But in addition to berating me he demonstrated leadership and told me that he thought I would be a good intel officer. Which inspired me to go on and be a good intel officer.

      So, in the spirit of my Marine DI and my sainted Coastie Senior Chief Radioman (Zut Zut) let me tell my fellow conservatives the bad news. You are well and truly f****d unless you change your ways.

    gospace in reply to dystopia. | July 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Since Nike execs caved so easily I’m more inclined to wonder what it says about the actual cost of production of their shoes.

    The management at Nike – like other rich corporate commies – are quite willing to lose money in support of the Glorious Communist Revolution. Besides: the company has plenty of suckers willing to buy their products.

You have to wonder about any university who would employ such an intellectually dishonest person.

    artichoke in reply to rochf. | July 4, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Because our students gain so much by being exposed to diversely colored people with such valuable perspectives.


    n.n in reply to rochf. | July 4, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    The university of Pro-Choice (PC), political congruence (“=”), diversity (i.e. color judgment, racism), and other socially liberal progressions.

What an “oppobrious” (that’s the word he used a couple times) worthless waste of air. To him everything is about white supremacy.

While he has an unassailable tenured position at Georgetown to inflict his poison on America.

I’m trying to recall the last time that a Dhimmi-crat politician of note actually expressed some unequivocal optimism and praise for the U.S., instead of a ceaseless torrent of embittered vitriol and criticism, flagellating the country for a slew of contrived, exaggerated and allegedly irredeemable historical sins.

I suppose one must go decades back, to J.F.K., who never would have received his Party’s nomination, today.

JackinSilverSpring | July 4, 2019 at 5:10 pm

Am I to suppose this eminent professor is not a member of the DemoncRat party? After all, it is the party of slavery, secession and segregation! Also, am I to suppose this eminent professor will not for Kamala Harris. After all, her great grandfather was a slave owner!!

On this fourth of July I will not put up with the bulls**t.

A leftist troll made a comment on an earlier thread implying commenters like me are just old white men sending young minorities off to die for our colonial wars. What garbage. I didn’t spend twenty years in the Navy to let that slide.

I love this country. I love this Republic. When my family, looking back on my pedigree, got off the boat from Bavaria, Italy, and Ireland (we Catholics stick together) we kissed the ground we walked on which we discovered wasn’t paved in gold but we could still work on it.

Slavery had been abolished before my ancestors, as I can measure it for at least fifty years.

Reparations? F*** that.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Arminius. | July 4, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    A very small percentage of people owned slaves. In my case a grandparents was Native American. None of my other ancestors were associated in any way with slavery.

    There is no doubt that native Americans had it far worse that slaves. And, throughout history lots of people of all races were enslaved. Yet, I do not see any of them demanding handouts.

    Regardless of how poor someones economic circumstances may be, we all have the opportunity work hard at education, the ability to see that good ethics, a willingness to work hard to improve ourselves, understanding that delayed gratification will improve our lot in life, can lead to success. Even if we ourselves only make incremental strides, we can set the stage for our children and grandchildren to do much better by raising them well.

    It is all about our personal culture, some groups consistent failure, generation after generation, is in large part about a piss poor culture.

      gospace in reply to JusticeDelivered. | July 4, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      That’s one of those statistics that’s lying with statistics. Only one person in a household would be listed as a slaveowner. In reality- all the people in the household were slaveowners. 1820 census one direct ancestor had 3 slaves, 8 free people in his household. On that page 24 of 39 Virginia families owned slaves. Only 24 of the 200 free people on that one sheet were listed as slaveowners. Another direct ancestor in KY in that census, 17 of 28 families owned slaves. So in VA on that page 61.5% of households owned slaves, but only 12% of the people did. I didn’t count the total in KY, but the family percentage is 60.7%, a very similar number to VA, so I’d expect the people percentage would be roughly the same.

Americans fought for freedom. Nazis fought for diversity (i.e. color judgment spurred by a belief in “Jew privilege”), political congruence (“=” or selective exclusion), Pro-Choice/abortion rites, social justice, and social progress. That said, the Nazi progression was second to the Soviet Socialists that was second to the Chinese communists, then there were the diverse African leftists enslaving and lynching other blacks and whites, and competitive with the trail of tears left by contemporary leftists.

As they used to say in the 60s, you’re free to leave and move to Africa any time.

Derrida destroys leftism, at “Despite my very strong reservations” sentence at the end. Has to do with founding principles.

“What appears to me unacceptable in the “strategy” (in terms of weapons, practices, ideology, rhetoric, discourse, and so on) of the “bin Laden effect” is not only the cruelty, the disregard for human life, the disrespect for the law, for women, the use of what is worst in technocapitalist modernity for the purposes of religious fanaticism. No, it is, above all, the fact that such actions and such discourse _open onto no future and, in my view, have no future_. If we are to put any faith in the perfectibility of public space and of the world juridico-political scene, of the “world” itself, then there is, it seems to me, _nothing good_ to be hoped for from that quarter. What is being proposed, at least implicitly, is that all captialist and modern technoscientific forces be put in the service of an interpretation, itself dogmatic, of the Islamic revelation of the One. Nothing of what has been so laboriously secularized in even the nontheological form of sovereignty (…), none of this seems to have any place whatsoever in the discourse “bin Laden.” That is why, in this unleashing of violence without name, if I had to take one of the two sides and choose in a binary situation, well I would. Despite my very strong reservations about the American, indeed European, political posture, about the “international terrorist” coalition, despite all the de facto betrayals, all the failures to live up to democracy, international law, and the very international institutions that the states of this “coalition” themselves founded and supported up to a certain point, I would take the side of the camp that, in principle, by right of law, leaves a perspective open to perfectibility in the name of the “political,” democracy, international law, international institutions, and so forth. Even if this “in the name of” is still merely an assertion and a purely verbal committment. Even in its most cynical mode, such an assertion still lets resonate within it an invincible promise. I don’t hear any such promise coming from “bin Laden,” at least not one in this world.”

“Autoimmunity: Real and Symbolic Suicides” _Philosophy in a Time of Terror_ p.113

I didn’t put everything I wanted to in my last comment. If any of you have read my comments over the years you know this. I’m full of comments, mostly negative.

But not today.

“MSG Roy Benavidez speech 1991”

This is the greatest country on earth. Despite how much the Democrats hate it and are trying to ruin it. I was no one special. Still, I have to confess that I ripped you, the taxpayer, off. I was just a swabbie but still you paid me too much. Just the occasional Air Mobility Command flight back to Travis AFB to get a glimpse of my nieces and nephews growing up made all the cold and wet worthwhile.

Happy 4th of July, everyone. I’m not barbequing. At sundown I’ll be off to see the local fireworks celebrating America’s birthday, AOC and the torpedoes be damned. Followed by the victory party in the Armada Lounge in the local Trump hotel.

Ok, the last sentence was a joke. But there will be an after party.

He’s got enough money to leave this racist America and live in Africa.
Where he stands the chance of getting into slavery by Arab slavers.
Sounds like a win win for America to me.

He must stick around in his detested America because of Golden Corral.

Read this elsewhere: Betsy Ross was a widow and mother living in Philadelphia. She was also a Quaker. Quakers were anti-Slavery!
Also read that the Betsy Ross flag has been flying in San Fran for years and years. Guess Colin missed that.

I love how just a few days after the Kaepernick/Nike thing goes down, Rolling Stone, The NY Times, several other lefty websites and the usual leftist pundits like Dyson all join in and declare the Betsy Ross flag to be a symbol of nazi white supremacist hatred.
Looks like they all got the same memo!

Comanche Voter | July 5, 2019 at 12:24 am

Professor Dyso9n–living proof that once a fooking moron, always a fooking moron. I’ve seen dried buffalo flops with more common sense than him.

He is so full of Bravo Sierra,time to break out the hip waders.

More PROOF that Lunatic Liberalism has infested OUR Nation like a Cancer ,,, and must be eradicated by all means necessary !!!

What a total embarrassment for Georgetown Univeersity that they have this dummy as a professor. The level of ignorance is bizarre for a so-called university. What a joke.

Affirmative Action and tenure ensure that mental midgets have podiums and access to dinosaur media outlets to demonstrate their stupidity.

Richard Aubrey | July 5, 2019 at 9:20 am


And this deranged individual is a professor at a prestigious university? What moron is responsible for letting that happen? And, by the way, did this psycho say the same thing when Obozo featured that same flag? I think not…

Dyson is not simply an weirdo odd-ball; he is all too typical of the state of American universitieand colleges. No society can. long survive if the institutions responsible for educating it youth are controlled by those who hate that society. Academic freedom is a fraud
that protects only America haters. I knew full well while I was still professing that if I expressed publicly my views I would be out of a job in a minute.

I have the Betsy Ross flag flying from my front porch. Eric can try to take it down if he is not chicken.

Voice_of_Reason | July 6, 2019 at 9:32 am

As far as I am aware, America is the only country in history in which soldiers from one race fought a war to free slaves of a different race. all peoples have taken slaves, including the “noble” native American tribes. including the African tribes. what is remarkable about european peoples is that they ended slavery THEMSELVES, an external force didn’t do it.

slavery was atrocious, it hurt America, it hurt the slaves, and it slowed the industrialization of the economy.

but today’s descendants of slaves are better off than they would have been if their ancestors had stayed in Africa. that is an economic fact that the race baiting left can’t tolerate, so they call it “racist”.