On CNN Thursday morning, Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson responded to a new poll showing that only 49% of American believe Donald Trump to be a racist. To the 51% who disagree, Dyson said: "Racism is as racism does."
"Until white folks like you can stand up and find your spine, you will continue to be complicit in the racist animus of this country," Dyson also said.
"The reality is this well, Donald Trump talks like a racist, thinks like a racist, makes statements like a racist, conjures emotions that give support to white nationalists. Yeah, he’s a racist. Racism is as racism does. So here’s the problem, Martin Luther King Jr. said it’s not the white supremacists who are the problem it’s white moderates and conservatives who are complicit by trying to dismiss it. Brother Jennings, much respect for you but what you’re doing is egregious because you’re attempting to make valid what are essentially naked raw statements of racism. This is easy stuff. This is very, very clear that it has racial animus here, and you’re trying to dismiss it as a difference of opinion. That is complicit in the racist element we’re talking about."
"That a man making inflammatory remarks is not something to just be disagreed with. You should repudiate them and find cause to distance yourself from a man who can call all Mexicans rapists, Muslims who should be banned, black people who should be discriminated against, women who should be treated in a sexually predatory manner. The point is that here is a president who said things quite clearly and you as a figure can’t even say ‘Yes I find it reprehensible and he should be repudiated’ And yet you come on to say ‘I disagree with you in the past.’ That is part of the problem we are confronting here in America. Until white folk like you can stand up and find your spine, you will continue to be complicit in the racist animus of this country," Dyson said later.