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04/20/2015 03:33 pm ET | Updated Apr 20, 2015

Goodbye, Friend: Michael Eric Dyson On His Break With Mentor Cornel West

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It was personal.

In Michael Eric Dyson’s takedown for The New Republic of his friend and mentor Cornel West, he has a come-to-Jesus moment that is neither pretty nor kind, but painfully blunt. The realization comes to Dyson that West is a parody of the intellectual he once was, that his vicious and often personal attacks on President Barack Obama have come at a cost—the loss of his credibility.

And the loss of their 35-year friendship.

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