Named a Best/Most Anticipated Book of 2017 by: The Washington Post and The Guardian

Product Code: 6579
ISBN: 9781250135995
Format: Hard cover
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published Date: 01/17/2017
Availability:In stock
Price: $24.99

Short, emotional, literary, powerful—Tears We Cannot Stop is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read.

As the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man's voice soars above the rest with conviction and compassion. In his 2016 New York Times op-ed piece "Death in Black and White," Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. 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.

"The time is at hand for reckoning with the past, recognizing the truth of the present, and moving together to redeem the nation for our future. If we don't act now, if you don't address race immediately, there very well may be no future."
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I. Call to Worship
II. Hymns of Praise
III. Invocation
IV. Scripture Reading
V. Sermon
Repenting of Whiteness
1. Inventing Whiteness
2. The Five Stages of White Grief
3. Plague of White Innocence
Being Black in America 4. Nigger
5. Our Own Worst Enemy?
6. Coptopia
VI. Benediction
VII. Offering Plate
VIII. Prelude to Service
IX. Closing Prayer

"One of the most frank and searing discussions on race ... a deeply serious, urgent book, which should take its place in the tradition of Baldwin's The Fire Next Time and King's Why We Can't Wait." —The New York Times Book Review

"Elegantly written and 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…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 King

"Anguish and hurt throb in every word of Michael Eric Dyson's Tears We Cannot Stop...It is eloquent, righteous, and inspired...Often lyrical, Tears is not...without indignation...brilliance and rectitude." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Dyson...creates a sermon unlike any we've heard or read, and it's right on unapologetically bold plea for America to own up to its inexplicable identity anxiety." —Essence

"[Dyson's] narrative voice carries a deeper and more intimate authority, as it grows from his own experience as a black man in America — from being beaten by his father to being profiled by the police to dealing with his brother's long-term incarceration...Dyson's raw honesty and self-revelation enables him to confront his white audience and reach out to them." —The Chicago Tribune

"Be ready to pause nearly every other sentence, absorb what is said, and prepare for action. Tears We Cannot Stop is meant to change your thinking." —The Miami Times

"Readers will find searing moments in Tears We Cannot Stop, when Dyson's words proves unforgettable...But more than education, Dyson wants a reckoning." —The Washington Post

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