While appearing on Monday’s edition of “All In” with Chris Hayes, MSNBC’s Michael Eric Dyson blamed the Baltimore riots on a laundry list of things including lead poisoning, poor schooling, wealth disparities and the tax-exempt status of the Baltimore Orioles and the Ravens. All violence is condemnable, he told Hayes, but said some context is necessary to understand the current situation.
“The forces of oppression have besieged that urban terrain,” he said. The Ravens and Orioles, he said, contributed to the problem “with their tax exempt status and their being given tremendous goodies to stay in the city.”
“What we don’t have commentary about is the theft of capital from these urban post-industrial conditions,” he told Hayes. “What we don’t see is the fact that many people live in New York, Pennsylvania, and come to Baltimore and extract revenue from that city and they don’t give back to the communities, and result of there, that’s a sense that these people are disposable.”
Twitchy said that Dyson was soundly mocked on Twitter for his claims. The Twitchy staff also said Dyson might win what it called “the gold medal of media moron-itude.”
“Michael Erik Dyson really knows how to ramble off a bunch of expensive words to try and excuse the #BaltimoreRiots,” one person tweeted. “New game: ‘Who Said It: Neil DeGrasse Tyson, or Michael Eric Dyson?'” another person asked.
“The vacuum guy,” one person said in response. “The chicken guy is still thinking. Besides, if @msnbc had guts, they would ask the looters.”
“In short,” Twitchy added, “the thugs stealing toilet paper, Oreos, potato chips, and African hair salon supplies have nobody to blame but everybody and everything else.” Dyson wasn’t the only MSNBC talking head to place blame on something other than the rioters. Chris Matthews blamed right-to-work states, particularly those south of Maryland, Newsbusters said.
“I wish the jobs hadn’t first gone south, congressman, because that’s where they went first,” he told former Congressman Kweisi Mfume, D-Md. “And they went to the right-to-work states, you know where they went, where the unions didn’t have any power. You could get people to work for nothing and the stuff wasn’t that good that was made down there. But that was the first stop on the trip away [of jobs leaving the country].”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, however, placed the blame on “mealy-mouth” politicians and liberal policies. “Why are we surprised at this sub-human behavior on display in American ghettos?” he asked on Twitter. “Lib policies created the conditions.”
“I am tired of this mealy-mouth crap from politicians,” he said in another tweet. “They cause the conditions for a permanent underclass in America.” He also gave some advise to Baltimore police.
“Time to turn the police loose to knock some heads together,” he said. “Baltimore Police commanders are playing patty cake.”
It’s not the first time Dyson has made controversial comments. As we reported in 2013, he called former Attorney General Eric Holder “the Moses of our time.” He also claimed the Detroit bankruptcy was partly due to racism.