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Tears We Cannot Stop
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America | Michael Eric Dyson
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In the wake of yet another set of police killings of black men, Michael Eric Dyson wrote a tell-it-straight, no holds barred piece for the NYT on Sunday July 7: "Death in Black and White" (It was updated within a day to acknowledge the killing of police officers in Dallas). The response has been overwhelming. Beyonc and Isabel Wilkerson tweeted it, JJ Abrams, among many other prominent people, wrote him a long fan letter. The NYT closed the comments section after 2,500 responses, and Dyson has been on NPR, BBC, and CNN non-stop since then. Fifty years ago Malcolm X told a white woman who asked what she could do for the cause, "Nothing." Dyson believes he was wrong. In Tears We Cannot Stop, he responds to that question. 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. As Dyson writes "At birth you are given a pair of binoculars that see black life from a distance, never with the texture of intimacy. Those binoculars are privilege; they are status, regardless of your class. In fact the greatest privilege that exists is for white folk to get stopped by a cop and not end up dead...The problem is you do not want to know anything different from what you think you know...You think we have been handed everything because we fought your selfish insistence that the world, all of itall its resources, all its riches, all its bounty, all its graceshould be yours first and foremost, and if there's anything left, why then we can have some, but only if we ask politely and behave gratefully." In the tradition of THE FIRE NEXT TIME (Baldwin), short, emotional, literary, powerful, this is the book that ALL Americans who care about the current and long burning crisis in race relations need to read.
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megnews
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Academic and theologian Michael Eric Dyson calls upon white America, and particularly fellow Christians, to face difficult truths about our past and present to make a way to a brighter future, not just for some, but for all. Through data, personal (heartbreaking, anger-inducing) stories, biblical admonition, and recommendations for further reading, Dyson pleads with fellow Christians to not be bystanders but to both call out injustice & search⬇️

megnews our own hearts. I caught myself shouting “Amen!” in response many times. 2y
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❤️❤️❤️

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No matter how many anti-racism books you read, you will always come across new ways of expressing something that make you think even more deeply and clearly about something. This is an interesting thought on long-standing white affirmative action. A better way to explain what I‘ve often tried to but without these right words. The examples are great too.

CindiB That was good. 2y
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megnews
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A lot of folks want to skip this part.

#BlackLivesMatter

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Audiowalked for almost an hour today and I‘ve almost made my steps for the day so I should be able to finish that goal out. This is one of those books you could share a million quotes. #BFC21

wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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#friYAYIntro #blacklivesmatter

1. Tagged - extremely affecting. I tagged almost every page because of its power.

2. Here‘s a great list: https://www.buzzfeed.com/natashajokic1/racial-injustice-documentaries-and-movies

3. ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)

4. Not stay silent when people I talk with aren‘t allies. Donate to bail fund organizations. Support biz owned by POC.

dylanisreading Heck yes! 2y
alisiakae I haven't heard of this book. Stacked! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft OMG. It‘s 5/5 stars. 2y
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TheBookHippie Bail fund !!!!! Thank you !!! If you‘ve been giving a long time your money bailed my butt out! 2y
QuintusMarcus Today‘s New York Time “By the Book” interview is with Dyson- fantastic article! https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/04/books/review/michael-eric-dyson-by-the-book-i... 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TheBookHippie Thank you for protesting and putting your life on the line! 🥰 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @QuintusMarcus Ooooh! Thank you heading to read it now! 2y
QuintusMarcus I added an entire stack of books to my TBR from that article! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @QuintusMarcus My goodness ... there are 100 books to add. Wowza! 2y
TheBookHippie @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ve been protesting since 1983. 40 some “trespassing” arrests ✌🏻✊🏼 so far this go round, I‘m okay ☺️I‘m feeding -taking care of and bailing others out. Generally at my age I‘m left alone. However we‘re in another situation now. I‘ve not seen this in a few decades. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TheBookHippie Wowza! That‘s some activism! I‘m a newbie, and I did chicken out this round due to the virus. 2y
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On the eve of Martin Luther King Day, I wanted to listen to this sermon to white America. It wasn‘t easy and I hope that means I heard.

Addison_Reads Such a powerful, important read. I tell everyone I know to read this. 3y
marleed @Addison_Reads It was my TBR for November and since I didn‘t get to it then I deliberately saved it for a Jan read. It‘s an important book. I think I‘m glad I experienced the audiobook but I want to read in print, as well. 3y
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kindergartenkat
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Thought provoking! I want to read more of Dyson's books.
#nonfiction2020
#somethingaboutsocialjustice

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Deborah42
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I loved this book. I kind of want to press it into the hands (or better yet, the ears, because it‘s perfect as an audiobook) of every white person I know.

The writing is beautiful, and Dyson‘s explanations and examples are clear and relatable. If you‘ve ever wondered what white privilege means, or how to tell the difference between prejudice and bigotry, this book is for you.

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Addison_Reads
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Great month of reading for me. Lots of good books, but I narrowed it down to my top 4.

PaperbackPirate Wow! I haven‘t even read 5,000 pages this year! 👏 3y
Crazeedi Great job Cassie!! 3y
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Everyone should read this book. I highly recommend it as an audiobook as well. There were so many powerful messages that left a very long lasting impression on me. In our current political climate here in the US, the author does an excellent job of shining a light on the race problem and how we can come together to bring about change.

Regardless of your race, religious beliefs, or political views, you should read this book.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve got to move this one up my list! 3y
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Please read this book. Buy it tonight and start it ASAP. Each and every one of us should read this and live it. #valueable 6 ⭐️s out of five. It‘s not pleasant, but like some other things we need for our health, this too is required. #mayMadness. #NewToMeAuthor. #2

Clwojick Stacked! 3y
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parasolofdoom
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Essential reading especially in Post-Trump America

Samplergal I have had this in my library hold for at least four months. I just checked and it‘s now two weeks. Persistence! 3y
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Great listen for Black History Month.

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nsmith52
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Wonderful prose, interesting stories but ultimately nothing new or noteworthy.

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Lindsy
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January TBR

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Lindsy
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First book of 2019. Definitely recommend the audio version ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I definitely believe this book is a sermon for White American, literally. This books reads like a Sunday morning church service. The book is even broken down as such (ex: Calls to Worship, Sermon, Hymn..) This book covers the setbacks and setups, Black Americans face everyday. He draws attention to crime, poverty, and the institutionalization of racism. Overall, this was a decent book, however he was preaching to the choir (see what I did there?!)

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I challenge everyone to read Dyson's sermon to white America. The book is at once a non-revisionist history lesson, a master class in compassion, and an uplifting call to action. Even if you're super duper woke, we all need a refresher course from time to time. If you audiobook, do that, because the author narrates. #Audiobooking #Audiobooks #Libby

Prairiegirl_reading Immediately placed a hold on the audio! 😄 4y
RidgewayGirl I agree. It‘s both excellent and necessary. I also learned a ton from Ijeoma Oluo‘s So You Want to Talk About Race and Patrisse Khan-Cullors‘s When They Call You a Terrorist. 4y
Laura317 Adding! I will do the audio. 4y
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RaimeyGallant @RidgewayGirl Thanks! The first is already on my tbr, and now the second is, too. 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review! I read this in January. Been thinking of an audio reread just to hear Dyson. But I‘m glad I have the words on paper also. 4y
CoffeeK8 Yes, the audiobook is so compelling. His other books are really good too, I really liked (edited) 4y
RaimeyGallant @CoffeeK8 I'll definitely get to that one, too. Thanks! 4y
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CRR
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Enjoyed is not the right word, though I did at times. It was more like bad tasting medicine that is helping to heal my sickness. It is good to read hard things.

Ms.Story Nice comparison. It is good to read hard things 👍🏻 4y
RaimeyGallant My hold for the audio just came in. 4y
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dariazeoli

I just watched Dyson at Aretha Franklin‘s funeral. He called Supreme (President) Cheeto “You dopey doppelgänger of desperation and deceit.”

I listened to this book last year and I need to read more with that kind of wordsmithmanship!

Reggie I watched an interview with him one time, I‘ve never read a book of his, but I thought what a vocabulary!!! 4y
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Powerful reading 📖 I have this on hold several times at library, determined to finish it this time.

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Just another week in post racial America...

goodbyefrancie I always feel like I should apologize to the world for unleashing this moron who has helped make it ok for these people to be in public what they have apparently always been in private. I don't know what people were thinking when they voted for him. #ItWasntMe I would have voted for my cat as a write in before I voted for the orange dude. ❤🌍❤🌏 4y
Ericalambbrown For real 4y
LibrarianRyan Everyday it gets worse. It's horrible! We need to do better. 4y
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LibrarianRyan Tomi A..... (can't spell that without looking it up) had something happen today. 4y
AmyG Racists now feel empowered because of this President. I am ashamed. 4y
Suet624 I fear for our future. 4y
Yeah_I_Read 😢 4y
Eyelit 😔 so disappointing 4y
vkois88 😔😔😔😔😢😢😢😢 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage We can‘t stop resisting, even when it feels overwhelming. Repeating this to myself many times a day ... 😫😫😫 4y
Weaponxgirl I wish the police would charge these people for wasting their time. Not gonna happen but I can dream. 4y
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Wow! This powerful group of sermons as essays is intelligent, compelling, and brutally honest. Dyson‘s beautiful prose calls out white America, challenging us to do better in an empathetic and loving way. If all Americans would read this book, our world would be a better place. #MountTBR #resistreads

Christine Agreed! 4y
Suelizbeth ❤️ your review ❤️ this book. 4y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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5⭐️the reactions of some family members who saw me reading this book greatly disturbed me. While a good number of friends, co workers& some family were interested in the need to read this book&my thoughts on it, some of my closest family scoffed at it or turned down my thoughts on this topic. ❤️ It is one of my goals to encourage these family members to put aside their pride& look into the issue of Racism and of Whiteness. Please read this book.

mrozzz Those reactions are so unfortunate 😞 4y
TrishB Probably exactly the people who should be reading it? 😔 4y
Emily92Bibliophile @mrozzz @TrishB it‘s for these type of reactions that these type of books are needed and need to be read. 🙌🏻 4y
mrozzz Could not agree more!!! 4y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
There‘s so much truth in here. This is another book I found myself wanting to markup with my highlighter. Seriously, everyone should read this.

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

BarbaraTheBibliophage This was my first read of 2018. And my first 5-star read. Loved it! 4y
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Thorex To all the people who say "I don't see color" or complain "why does everything have to be about race." ? 4y
sudi Truth 🙌 4y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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“How can we possibly change our fate? How can we possibly persuade our society that we deserve to be treated with decency and respect? How can we possibly fight a criminal justice system that has been designed to ensure our defeat? How can we possibly combat the blindness of white men and women who are so deeply invested in their own privilege that they cannot afford to see how much we suffer?⚫️⚪️ PLEASE READ THIS BOOK, my white brothers&sisters➡️

Emily92Bibliophile ➡️there is blood on our hands, handed down from our forefathers. Whether you are religious or non religious, READ THIS BOOK- we need to take ownership for and repent our crimes to our black brothers and sisters ; crimes that has seeped into the very bones of our country since it‘s birth. 4y
TieDyeDude A devastating, but essential, read. 4y
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I would suggest everyone read or listen to this powerful little book. The history and struggle is important, and relevant. Dyson ends his sermon by explaining things white Americans can do to help, including places to donate, people to follow on social media, and books to read. I'm going to have to borrow a physical copy of the book so that I can track down some of suggested reading.

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This book isn't easy to listen to, but it's important.

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Julsmarshall
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“Justice is what love sounds like when it speaks in public.” #resistreads #ownvoices

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Julsmarshall
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This!

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Julsmarshall
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Been eyeing this one forever. I love how he has formatted it like a sermon. Beautiful and challenging so far, seems perfect for a quiet Sunday morning. #MountTBR #resistread

BarbaraTheBibliophage It‘s amazing! My copy has a thousand post-it flags! 4y
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KBuchana
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A relentlessly powerful little book. This was thought-provoking and uncompromising, a timely reminder of how potent the legacy of oppression and the ubiquity of white privilege are in our country. A beautifully reasoned and fiery indictment of white complacency, fear, and hate as well as an impassioned plea for us to acknowledge and uplift the value of black lives, black bodies, black thought. An important read, and one I will not soon forget!

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BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved this one. Thinking of listening to the audio for a reread. 5y
RaimeyGallant I added this to my audiobook tbr yesterday! 5y
thelizflynn @RaimeyGallant @BarbaraTheBibliophage it is so excellent. I‘m going to buy a copy after I‘m done listening to it. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage You‘ll be glad you did. My print copy is full of Post-it tags! 5y
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KBuchana

"Democracy might well be a wounded bird incapable of flight without the poultice of black forgiveness pressed to its wings. When we confront racial catastrophe, black folk insist on fighting back. We have given this country the spiritual will and the moral maturity it lost in the bitter divorce of principle and practice our nation can only reach its best destiny when that recognition grounds our shared culture and existence."

#resistancereading

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Beautiful and heartbreaking so far. An unapologetic call to action.

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hwestfall
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This is not an easy book to read. You will need to be extremely disciplined to just listen to what the author is trying to say. Fight your inclination to try and make up excuses or debate his words. Just listen and absorb his point of view. There were a number of chapters that were educational to me and I found the ending chapter with his numerous book suggestions extremely helpful.

RaimeyGallant Adding to my #TBR! 5y
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"By overdramatizing the nature of your personal actions you sidestep complicity. By side-stepping complicity you hold fast innocence. By holding fast to innocence you maintain power."

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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A sermon, a history lesson, a takedown, a plea....read this, and prepare to be uncomfortable with its truth.

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ElizabethAndino
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This. Read it. (Or listen. The audio is fabulous)

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Julsmarshall
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Day 7 of @bookriot #Riotgrams challenge: Black writers!

CareBear Great stack! 5y
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GeekGrl82
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An excellent companion piece to Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World & Me. Dyson is a Baptist theologian & professor at Georgetown, & he writes this book in the form of a sermon. Beyonce, NWA, & Tupac provide his hymns. The seemingly unending videos of police misconduct & his own personal experiences provide the preaching material.

You should watch this video. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ta-nehisi-coates-n-word_us_5a0a025ce4b0b17f...

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is a must-read. Let me repeat. Read this, my friends. It‘s educational and inspirational. It‘s historical and practical. Plus you‘ll appreciate the LONG list of suggested further reading.

Full review at www.TheBibliophage.com

#nonfiction2018

Reese_Pearly.Pages Yes!!! I loved this one. Your book is a physical representation of my brain while listening to it. I bought it on Nook to read again and again. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reese_Pearly.Pages Yes! I know I‘ll be referring back to this. Sometimes I take flags out after I write the review, but this time that was not an option. 🙌🏻 5y
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