While Mumia Abu-Jamal languishes toward his last breath, talking heads like Michael Eric Dyson have been rewarded handsomely for their defense of the state. Dyson’s attack on Cornel West is a direct manifestation of how the explosion of US imperialism’s prison and warfare state necessitated the rise of the Black misleadership class. Dyson’s 10,000 word dogma closely mirrored his pitiful performance in a debate with BAR’s own Glen Ford in 2012. Dyson uses personal hyperbole and anecdote to absolve the Obama Administration of its many crimes. But this time, Dyson wasn’t persuading Cornel West to “play the game” as he did on Democracy Now. Rather, his rant made clear that he is ready to work for the next line of Democratic Party operatives in 2016. Thus, it is only fitting that Dyson neglected to address Cornel West’s legitimate critiques of the Administration’s abhorrent drone policy its support for the police state that murders Black Americans daily, or the mass robbery of Black people by Wall Street over the last thirty years. His decision to opt for a jealousy narrative to explain West’s critiques of Obama shows that his ultimate loyalty is to Power and not to Mumia Abu-Jamal, Freddie Gray, or oppressed and working class people in the US and elsewhere.