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Michael Eric Dyson

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Michael Eric Dyson dives deeply into the true meaning of Barack Obama's historic presidency and its effects on the changing landscape of race and blackness in America. How has race shaped Obama's identity, career, and presidency? What can we learn from his major race speeches about his approach to visa mer racial conflict and the black criticism it provokes? Dyson was granted an exclusive interview with the president for this book, and Obama's own voice shines through. Along with interviews with Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters, and others, this intimate access provides a unique depth to this engrossing analysis of the nation's first black president, and how race shapes and will shape our understanding of his achievements and failures alike. Michael Eric Dyson is a New York Times op-ed contributor, a Georgetown University professor, an MSNBC political analyst, and the best-selling author of seventeen books, including the American Book Award-winning Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. visa färre

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there is some real beauty in his words and his attitude of hope and forgiveness, and there are obviously a lot of important things he talks about here. i found so much of this kind of surface level and not really adding much new to the conversation, though, while still agreeing with what he was saying, until i got to the kobe bryant section. i have really thought about what he says there because i want to do the work and make sure it's not my biases talking but i remember the amount of blood on the hotel floor, i remember the evidence and i remember the way she was dragged through the mud in public and why she dropped the charges. i remember. and i won't ever forget. so i tried, but thought his take on kobe was awful and offensive. but i hear what he's saying about black bodies and justice, it just doesn't apply to kobe.

the framework he uses here also really doesn't work for me. these are ostensibly essays to killed black people but really they're to white people who need to hear this, and the pretense really doesn't work for me. this would have been stronger without trying to make it fit in this way.

the strongest pieces worth remembering, for me:
"If justice is what love sounds like when it speaks in public, then patience is what mercy sounds like out loud, and forgiveness is the accent with which grace speaks."

"The sheer black exhaustion sometimes sounds like cranky disregard for white awakening when it fact it may only be our refusal to any longer consider white comfort."

"It should be plain by now that there are different levels of membership in the community of white allies. There is the introductory membership, through which white allies get woke and realize they've got a great deal of work to do and must read and reflect to become more familiar with the racial problems of our culture. Associate membership builds on white folk reading, while they also attend gatherings of like-minded white folk in book clubs, civic groups, or church associations to further clarify their unique roles in the struggle for racial justice. Within the corporate world, they make efforts to deepen diversity and broaden inclusion of black and other voices in the reimagining of corporate goals and practices. Advanced membership pushes the envelope further and finds white folk in positions of power atop corporate and political structures leveraging their influence to bring far greater racial justice to the social and political realm. This includes a concerted effort to challenge white privilege, white fragility, and white comfort and to argue for the overhaul of unjust social relationships in all communities of color and wherever else injustice prevails. Finally, lifetime membership is for white folks seeking to embody the principles of radical justice while dismantling oppressive systems and racist structures. The police have recently been in the crosshairs of such allies. Lifetime membership often puts white allies next to black folk at social protests and if necessary it puts their bodies in line to get arrested, to endure police brutality, and in some cases to make the ultimate sacrifice."
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overlycriticalelisa | 3 andra recensioner | Dec 8, 2023 |
FROM AMAZON: 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. Beyoncé 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 nonstop 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 it - all its resources, all its riches, all its bounty, all its grace - should 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 hear.
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Gmomaj | 27 andra recensioner | Sep 8, 2023 |
pick up on page 22

p 10 "We are in dire need of more talk, more insight, more wisdom and yes, more productive conflict..."
pollycallahan | 3 andra recensioner | Jul 1, 2023 |
This book is part short story, but also part sermon in a sense. Each section is built around a church service with each essay on an aspect of that service similar to what Rachel Held Evans did in her latest book, but a single essay in each section rather than a series of essays.
Each essay tackles the issue of race from different angles- music, living and being, what happens when profiled, etc. I am so glad these types of books are starting to flood the market as they are so needed. The drawback is that there are lots of these types of books flooding the market, so some of the good ones will be lost. This quick and short read is one of the good ones and I hope people will read it when it comes out on January 17th.… (mer)
Nerdyrev1 | 27 andra recensioner | Nov 23, 2022 |



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