Tears We Cannot Stop

Tears We Cannot Stop

A Sermon to White America

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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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250136008
Branch Call Number: E184.A1
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file

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PimaLib_NormS Jul 26, 2017

“Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon To White America”, by Michael Eric Dyson, just might be one of those challenging, thought-provoking books everyone should read. Even if one does not agree with the assertions and conclusions proffered by Dr. Dyson, how else can we even begin the arduous process of solving the intractable racial problems in this country if we don’t listen to, and consider, each other’s opinions? For example, in Dr. Dyson’s opinion, I am a member of a privileged class. Cluelessly, I had no idea. I would never have described myself that way. But a cursory glance at history would reveal that being male and white in this country has undeniably been advantageous. I do not, and will not, apologize for my gender or skin color, but perhaps now I have the beginnings of an understanding as to why someone of color might think I was privileged (although, a quick look at my bank account might suggest otherwise). And, the chapter on the relationship African-Americans have with the police was illuminating. When I see those flashing lights in my rearview mirror, I feel fear. I feel fear that I’m going to get an expensive ticket. When someone is DWB, Driving While Black, and sees those flashing lights, that person might feel the fear of, “Is this cop going to shoot me?” There are provocative, mind-awakening passages throughout this important book. I do not agree with everything Michael Eric Dyson wrote in “Tears”. But I am glad to have read it.

Jun 29, 2017

Ladies and Gentleman, listen up; Dr. Dyson has something to tell us and we need to listen--NOW. The hurts our fellow Americans are experiencing hurt ALL OF US; we must come together if we're going to stay together.


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Jul 17, 2017

pg 32 Lord, convict this your nation as never before. Let our lives testify to your majesty, your love, your grace--and may this land know your displeasure, taste your holy wrath, for killing us like pigs without conscience.

pg 63 But there is little justification for Obama hate, except that he was a black man in charge of our country and many whites wanted to take it back and make it great again.

pg 66 there are a lot of privileges that folk get the don't depend on cash. The greatest one may getting stopped by a cop and living to talk about it.


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