After days of silence, Dr. Cornel West took to Facebook to indirectly respond to the very public fallout with former friend Michael Eric Dyson.
On Sunday, April 19, Dyson released a scathing Op-Ed in the 'New Republic' about the deterioration of the relationship with his mentor and confidante.
In the article, called, 'The Ghost of Cornel West,' Dyson, known for his scholarly authoritative voice, highlights West's achievements, from his days at Harvard and Princeton to placement as the preeminent black scholar in America. But Dyson wastes no time in grilling the intellectual, pointing out that West has alienated friends and admirers, most notably President Obama. He also says that West has "become tragicomically good at—playing an unintentional caricature of his identity," referencing some of West's TV and movie appearances. "West is still a Man of Ideas, but those ideas today are a vain and unimaginative repackaging of his earlier hits," Dyson quips.
West, in an apparent reference to Dyson's lengthy analysis, said on social media that "character assassination" is used as a tool for those who attempt to "rationalize their own allegiance to the status quo." West's post attempted to turn the public's focus to the recent killings of unarmed black men, global violence and economic disparities.
"I am neither a saint nor prophet, but I am a Jesus-loving free Black man in a Great Tradition who intends to be faithful unto death in telling the truth and bearing witness to justice," said West.