Fill-in MSNBC host Michael Eric Dyson asked whether rape victims are effectively "re-raped" by columnist George Will's rhetoric Tuesday on The Ed Show.
"When he used phrases like so-called rape epidemic, doesn't that trivialize the trauma that women have to endure in the face of the rape that they've endured, and then they're re-raped, they're re-traumatized again verbally and rhetorically by insensitivities like the ones Mr. Will exhibited?" Dyson asked, in typical absurdly leading fashion.
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For her part, liberal guest Zerlina Maxwell said Dyson was "absolutely 100 percent" correct in that assessment. Curiously, Dyson didn't seem to fathom implying equality between a sexual assault and some words said on a Sunday show or written in a newspaper was also trivializing the experience.
The segment was sparked by Will's column in the Washington Post, which stated in part, "Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous ("micro-aggressions," often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate."