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I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr Paperback – February 6, 2001
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At the same time, however, Dyson is at times extremely hard to take seriously. He goes into a long, long comparison between King and Tupac Shakur, which is laughable at its best, insulting at its worst. How can one take seriously a comparison between a great civil rights leader who advocated nonviolence and universal love, with a hip hop artist who made a living off a culture that glorifies drugs and violence? What I especially don't understand is how he palliates any reason for the comparison (quoting Chris Rock's statement that King was "assassinated" while Tupac was "shot" and that "we still go to school on [Tupac's] birthday") and then compares them anyway.
Dyson also attacks those who he claims "misuse" King's teachings. At the same time, he himself misuses King's teachings to attack the conservative elements of the black church. He describes King's philanderings as a moral slip, then he attacks the black church for being against premarital sex. While Dyson is certainly entitled to his own views about premarital sex, it most definitely does not apply in a book about King, a man who never voiced support for anything of the kind.
The book is worth reading, but I'd probably suggest getting it from the library, just because it'll annoy you to own such a crazy and far-out interpretation of history. I'm hoping another King scholar will take up this same project, but that he/she will do so in a manner more befitting for one of our nation's great heroes.
I found the book thought-provoking, but somewhat uneven; sometimes I was gripped, other material could only have improved the book by being dropped. Chapter Five, "Black Power", is somewhat vacuous. I was left with the feeling that Black nationalism is an idea that Dyson swears loyalty as proof that he is "authentic," but has little concrete meaning. The contention by Dyson's colleague that begins the chapter, and his response, bears out the suspicion that academics strive to prove the first Grand Duke of Fenwick's contention that yes can be turned into no if one just talks long enough. Personally, I have always thought that Plato, with his Ideals, was the one sitting in a cave looking at shadows, and this is all too abstract for me.Read more ›
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I'm learning a side of Dr. King I never knew. The side that resonates with my own thoughts and mindset. Great Book by Prof. DysonPublished 15 months ago by Rizzy Voe
A bizarre book to say the least. Dyson's thesis is to break down the "Safe Black" MLK, and to return a more accurate portrait of King's complexities and, in particular, his (by... Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Tatsuya
I grew up in the 60-70's with all the crap that the gov. was doing to everybody & anybody. I feel, just let people alone and live as they want, Black, White, Yellow or even... Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by steve trimble
I was contemplating not reviewing Michael Dyson's work because some of the other reviews hit the nail right on the head, however I suppose it is good to reiterate. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by S. J. Boatwright
The book was in great shape. Almost like new! The shipping was quick and got to me in time. Would go with them again.Published on May 28, 2011 by Mj22
An uneven book marred by bad chapters. For instance Chapter 9 tries to relate King to rappers. Did Dr. King swear and use profanities in his speeches from the pulpit? Read morePublished on September 8, 2010 by Mike B
I find it very refreshing when a product of multiculturalism throws a wrench in the system and violently turns against his masters. Read morePublished on January 26, 2008 by Alyosha
I agree with Dr. King's message of harmony and peace. At the same time I can appreciate Dyson's exposure of aspects of King's personal life that most authors do not address (an... Read morePublished on August 8, 2006 by Interested Observer