Tears We Cannot Stop
Tears We Cannot Stop A Sermon to White America By Dyson, Michael Eric Book - 2017 | First edition

“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.

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