Fifty years ago Malcolm X told a white woman who asked what she could do for the cause, 'Nothing.' Michael Eric Dyson believes he was wrong. Now he responds to that question. If society is to make real racial progress, people must face difficult truths, including being honest about how Black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted.
Dyson here explains both history (why and how discrimination didn't stop with the abolition of slavery, or even with the passage of the Civil Rights Act) and our present (topics ranging from police shootings to Colin Kaepernick) with both the compassion of a pastor and the solid grounding of an academic. Tears We Cannot Stop is an important book for anyone with an interest in the welfare of all Americans.
This was an incredible book to read and listen to. Michael Eric Dyson has been gifted by God to speak truth to life. As a pastor, this reads just like a sermon, but
If you're white, and think this is someone else's problem, you >really
My only complaint: Dyson repeatedly addresses the reader as "beloved." Maybe it's my introverted nature, but I was irked by the endearment. Is that a common technique in sermons maybe?
I haven't even tackled the structure yet! The book is formatted like a religious service, which lends the text an extra layer of rich meaning.
The book was published in 2017, and many of the reviews by White readers include words like "revelation" that, from the perspective of late 2020 look dated and out of touch. Our year this year has been filled with
My hope is that out of our collective experience this year we are all able to come together to bring about a brighter and more hopeful future for all of our fellow Americans, Black and White. Toward the end of the book, Dyson includes some suggestions for actions that we as individuals can take to help bring that future about.