Tears We Cannot Stop

Tears We Cannot Stop

A Sermon to White America

Book - 2017
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"Elegantly written, Tears We Cannot Stop is powerful in several areas: moving personal recollections; profound cultural analysis; and guidance for moral redemption. A work to relish." --Toni Morrison"Here's a sermon that's as fierce as it is lucid. It shook me up, but in a good way. This is how it works if you're black in America, this is what happens, and this is how it feels. If you're black, you'll feel a spark of recognition in every paragraph. If you're white, Dyson tells you what you need to know--what this white man needed to know, at least. This is a major achievement. I read it and said amen." --Stephen KingAs the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man's voice is heard above the rest. In his New York Times op-ed piece "Death in Black and White," Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Isabel Wilkerson called it "an unfiltered Marlboro of black pain" and "crushingly powerful," and Beyonce tweeted about it. Now he continues to speak out in Tears We Cannot Stop--a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. Short, emotional, literary, powerful--this is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781250135995
Characteristics: 228 pages ;,20 cm


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Jul 27, 2018

Passionately written sermon by a leading African-American pastor who shares some of his own personal experiences with racism, whether overt or covert. This is aimed at white people who've never paused to examine their privilege. He ends his speech with an excellent chapter on how to help, from simply showing up at protests, to selecting a non-profit to support. While most of the words are lyrical (a police car is described as a "mobile plantation, with the sirens representing the hunting dogs of slavers"), I think a tighter edit would have made an even more compelling presentation.

Jun 15, 2018

Reminds me of "The First Next Time."

SPL_Shauna Oct 17, 2017

This book is powerfully, beautifully written, and a must-read for anyone who wants to be an ally to Black communities. Dyson's lyrical language doesn't pull any punches around the grizzly effects of racism on Black lives, but the musicality of the words pulls you through and helps you bear witness. Highly recommended to any fans of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Mychal Denzel Smith, or anyone with an interest in Civil Rights and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Also worth noting: Despite the title, this is one of the most hopeful books I've recently read. So, don't let your bad news fatigue combine with the title to scare you off of this one.

Sep 17, 2017

A friend of ours was reading this and wanted someone to discuss it with. The hubby and I decided to grab the audio book version and listen to it on the way to a camping trip. For some reason, when the hubby put the book on his iPhone (we have a VW van with a cassette player so have to transfer CDs onto our mobile devices if we want to listen to them in the car), the tracks got out of order. Thankfully most of the chapters stand on their own so it wasn't too terrible. Recently the hubby and I watched the documentary "13th". I feel as though this book went along with that film. I appreciate that this book not only lays out the serious and urgent issues facing America, but also gives action steps to help with healing and advancement. I would give it a 7 out of 10.

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.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 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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CMLibrary_gjd_0 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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