Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White AmericaTears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
Published by St. Martin’s Press

This is a difficult one to “review” because there really can be no argument that what is being said here is in dispute, nor can we argue that it’s not being said in an eloquent, thoughtful, intellectual way by Dyson. He is a minister, so yes this is called a sermon, and it’s written as a sermon, but there is SO MUCH here that the format really shouldn’t matter. Anyone who says racism isn’t a problem in this country is either unable or unwilling to see the truth that is all around all of us, evidenced in every single institution we have, implicitly and explicitly woven throughout the fiber of the United States. As a white person, it may be uncomfortable at times to hear and see the truth of what we have done to create and cultivate racism in this country, but the truth is that we have. To ignore it is only furthering the problems and issues that centuries of hatred and ignorance have created.

There is so much in this book, so much meat to mull over and think about and discuss among friends/colleagues/family, that I think Tears We Cannot Stop falls into the category of must-read. But it’s one of those books that you can’t just read through, think about for a few minutes, and move on from. It’s one that needs to sink in, to fill your brain and consciousness, to reread passages over and over until the implications of what Dyson is saying are perfectly clear. This is not an easy read, but a critically important one. Don’t miss it.

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4 thoughts on “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

  1. I am so glad that books like this are being written, as I think they do help the conversation, and hopefully shift some mindsets. I just always wonder, though, if many people who could benefit most from reading them would actually have someone in their lives that they trust to have a discussion about the contents with. It can be hard to know people who are different than you, and it’s natural to want to discuss, but if you don’t have someone you feel you can approach, then it can be tough, too.

    1. I totally agree. I also think that, sadly, the people who need to read a book like this the most are the same people who would never pick it up. But all we can do is keep talking and thinking about these things and hope the world gets a little better each day.

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