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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 7A

FILMMAKING IN THE ARB

COSBY
Continued from page 1A
"Africanesia" - a condition that he
says causes them to forget their own
heritage and culture. He used U.S. Sec-
retary of State Condoleeza Rice as an
example.
"If you're not helping anybody who
looks like me, you're not doing me a
damn good," he said.
During his speech, he said that King
would disapprove of Cosby's attitude
toward the black community.
He said the remarks Cosby has
made have also personally touched
Dyson, who said he grew up in a
ghetto in Detroit.
"They were ill-informed," Dyson
said. "I think they were profoundly
bigoted. They don't represent most of
the poor people that I know."
Dyson recounted how Cosby disap-
proved of blacks using Ebonics even
though he used it in his television series
cartoon, "Fat Albert."
Dyson also criticized Cosby for his
disapproval of names like Shaniqua,
Taliqua and Muhammad and called
Cosby ignorant for not realizing that
the name Muhammad is an ancient
Muslim name and unrelated to the
other two.
"It's not what your name is, it's who
you are," Dyson said. "We learn to love
the names when we love the people."
Dyson also spoke in support of affir-
mative action.
"(Black Americans) have been pre-
vented from exercising their great
gifts," he said. "That's what affirmative

action is about."
During his speech, Dyson alluded
to the plight blacks faced during Hur-
ricane Katrina.
In an interview, Dyson blamed the
"systemic problems in the economy and
in the culture" for the disproportionate
strain the hurricane put on blacks.
Dyson said Katrina revealed socio-
logical conditions that prevent the poor
from escaping natural disasters.
"There are those same obstacles that
prevent them from escaping unnatu-
ral disasters like poverty and social
inequality," he said.
Dyson also said during an interview
that Cosby simplifies the situation of
poor blacks.
"He proved to have no awareness of
the myriad forces that make their lives
hell," he said, mentioning a lack of
childcare, lack of high-paying jobs and
lack of opportunities as examples.
Melanie Glover, a sophomore in the
MBA program and the community ser-
vice chair for the Black Business Stu-
dent Association, said she believes it's
important to address the social issues
facing the black community.
"I think a lot has been said in the
media and a lot of the points that Bill
Cosby made have been misconstrued
and are really being used to the detri-
ment of African-Americans," Glover
said.
Marketing Prof. Dave Wooten said
Cosby didn't place his criticisms in
"the broader context," which made it
seem like he was blaming the victim
and giving excuses to policymakers,
who Dyson says are partly responsible
for the situation of poor blacks.

EMMA NOLAN-ABRAHAMIAN/ Daily
LSA senior Brandon Hall gives advice to his actors, Ann Arbor residents Erin Wetzel-Righettini and Jimmy Arnold, during the filming of "Dylan," a
film written and directed by Hall. The scene was shot in the Arb and will be screened at the spring Llghtworks Festival.

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DINGELL
Continued from page 1A
national origin for public employment,
education or contracting purposes."
The proposal's "preferential treat-
ment" clause has drawn the ire of
groups that view affirmative action
as a necessary safeguard against dis-
crimination.
Dingell said there are times when
affirmative action is the only tool
available to, battle discrimination,
and it must therefore be kept avail-
able.
United Michigan member Pete
Woiwode, who also spoke at yester-
day's event, shared Dingell's opin-
ion on affirmative action programs,
calling them opportunities for equal
employment and treatment, not pref-
erences for certain groups or indi-
viduals.
United Michigan is affiliated
with One United Michigan, a group
opposed to the ballot proposal.
Woiwode said the newest lan-
guage proposal is a compromise that
is still not satisfactory for his group.
One United Michigan and BAMN
will make the case against the "pref-
erential treatment" clause at the Jan.
20 Board of Canvassers' meeting.
MCRI will also be present at the
meeting.

The tension between both defini-
tions of discrimination has played
out in the mind of LSA sophomore
Jonathon Kendall, who was pres-
ent during yesterday's speeches.
"I'll probably vote against it, but it's
not easy to decide," Kendall said as
he weighed the pros and cons of the
proposal.
Kendall said he did not think
people should be admitted to college
and other programs if race becomes
a determining factor instead of qual-
ifications. On the other hand, Kend-
all said the ballot proposal may not
be the right solution to such scenar-
ios, because colorblind admissions
and other programs would not make
society colorblind.
Kendall is chair of the Michigan
Student Assembly's Voice Your
Vote Commission and said he will
also attend MCRI events to stay
informed about the issue, because
the commission educates students
about ballot issues. Kendall said
he believed MCRI and other oppo-
nents of affirmative action were not
unfairly using King's legacy.
"Their motivations are to create a
colorblind society in the sense that
(affirmative action) is reverse dis-
crimination," Kendall said. "I don't
think either side is using it mislead-
ingly, they're just seeing it from dif-
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