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Michael Eric Dyson is an American writer, teacher, radio host and is an ordained Baptist minister. He presently serves as Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. From January 2006 to February 2007 Dyson was the host of a daily syndicated talk radio program, “The Michael Eric Dyson Show”, which aired on the Syndication One Radio Network. He is also a regular commentator on National Public Radio, CNN, and the HBO TV program “Real Time with Bill Maher”.
Dyson is best known for his commentary on American culture, particularly as it pertains to African Americans. Dyson entered into public controversy over statements made by African-American comedian-actor-philanthropist Bill Cosby in a 2004 speech. Dyson stated that Cosby’s criticism is an example of Dyson’s theory of abuse and criticism by what he calls the “Afristocracy”, or well-to-do blacks, upon the “Ghettocracy” or poor urban blacks.