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The Congressional Black Caucus Convention held in Washington, DC has become the place to be for most black public figures in America. In an election year, it’s critical to hear the voices that shape public perception. One of the key voices in black America is that of Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson.
Dyson was once a strong supporter of President Barack Obama before the 2008 Presidential election. But shortly after the election, Dyson became a harsh critic of Obama. Concerned about not having been invited to the White House, Dyson attacked President Obama relentlessly. He then went onto television to say that “Obama runs away from race the way a black man runs from a cop.”
But since then, Dyson has once again become a strong Obama ally. But the change has occurred in spite of the fact that the president has still stuck to his position of not addressing race in America. Now, as an analyst for MSNBC, Dyson is typically a staunch supporter of the president and rarely criticizes his policies. Some, such as Yvette Carnell, have wondered what changed to lead Dyson to flip his position on the president twice during the last four years.