About Benjamin Dixon
Media entrepreneur, Benjamin Dixon, has spent the majority of his journalism career covering and advocating for social justice from the often ignored intersections of justice, faith, and humanism.
As the creator of Progressive Army, co-founder of the revitalized The North Star, and a leader in digital activism, Dixon is on a mission to leverage the power of language and rhetoric to help liberate all marginalized people. He emphasizes the need to fight with the same intensity for good that the opponents of liberation use to fight for continued oppression. Dixon expends considerable time revealing the depth of rhetorical games played by the powerful to confuse and impede the fight for liberation.
In February of 2020, Dixon made international headlines unearthing and surfacing the 2015 Aspen Institute speech by billionaire Michael Bloomberg outlining his philosophy on the controversial Stop-and-Frisk policy during his time as Mayor of New York. The audio/video released by Dixon earned nearly 10 million views and is roundly credited for being the beginning of the end of Bloomberg’s billion-dollar candidacy.
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As Benjamin formed his impression of the world as a child, he gathered from the community around him that there was a great power to be found in the pulpit. “When I was younger, I saw preachers as the most outspoken people in our neighborhood and our broader community,” Dixon recalls. “When there was an injustice, the Black preacher led the way. So growing up, I felt like the preaching ministry was one of the best ways to ‘change the world.” As he stepped into the pulpit himself, he realized that in many cases, the preachers of his generation were not on the political frontlines, leaving on the opportunity to tackle social injustice at its systematic roots.
Earning a Master’s Degree in Political Science at Florida Atlantic University, it became clear to Dixon that the only way to effect change within the Black community would be through politics. While acquiring career experience in education, communications, and marketing, Dixon also began finding outlets for his socio-political commentary as a writer.
In 2012, Dixon published his first book, God Is Not A Republican, a balanced critique on the Republican Party’s use of Christianity for political gain. “In American, religion and politics intersect in the Evangelical church,” he explains. “Coming to the realization that my faith had been used to increase the power of the Republican Party and white supremacy forced me into confronting my own belief system. I had to help explain to as many people as possible that the way we’ve been preached to since 1980 has been specifically designed to benefit the Republican Party even to the detriment of our faith and especially to the detriment of marginalized communities around the nation and across the globe.”
Benjamin Dixon lives in Boston, MA with his wife Jada and their three children, Benjamin, Elisabeth, and Jeremiah. He writes for several media outlets and hosts an eponymously-name podcast that reaches tens of thousands daily.
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