JOIN GAPP & ACRU for a book discussion

JOIN GAPP & ACRU (Anderson Churches for Racial Unity) for a book discussion.
We invite you to read
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson.
Then join your neighbors on Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 PM, at
Eastern Hills Friends Meeting, 1671 Nagel Road, 45255.
Registration requested at
Dust Jacket Reviews:
Toni Morrison writes: “Elegantly written, Tears We Cannot Stop is powerful in several areas: moving personal recollections; profound cultural analysis; and guidance for moral redemption. A work to relish.”
Stephen King had this to say about Dr. Dyson’s bestselling book:
“Here’s a sermon that’s as fierce as it is lucid. It shook me up, but in a good way. This is how it works if you’re black in America, this is what happens, and this is how it feels. 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.”
This event is free and open to the public.
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More about Tears We Cannot Stop:
From the website Bookrags, comes this commentary:
“The book is written in the first person, as though the author is leading a worship service in a Christian church. While he frequently addresses God in prayer and invocation, for much of the book the author addresses the reader directly, referring to him / her as “beloved,” in the same way as a pastor in a Christian church might address a congregation.” A note on racial terminology: the term “black” is used throughout this analysis as a response to the term “black” being used by the author throughout the book; the use of “African American” is quite limited. Also, the author makes frequent, and pointed, use of the N-word in his writing, hence, its inclusion in this analysis.
The first four chapters of the book form what might be described as a series of prologues, introductory writings that, like the introductory components of a Christian church service, are essentially prologues to the main focus of the event – the sermon, or a less on on the interpretation of the Word of God. Those four prologues consist of a “Call to Worship” (i.e. an invitation calling on the reader / congregation to be mentally and physically present in the event); “Hymns of Praise” (i.e. songs created and presented as witnesses to the spiritual truth of the event); and “Invocation” (i.e. a call on God to be present during the event). The final prologue is headed “Scripture Reading,” or a reading from a sacred text. In an actual Christian church service, that text would be the Bible. In this variation on the format of such a service, the text consists of writings by equal rights activist the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior.
With Chapter 5, the author enters the main focus and purpose of the book – his sermon to white people. In Christian churches, a sermon usually consists of a minister interpreting the Word and ways of God for the congregation. In this book, the sermon consists of the author (i.e. minister) interpreting the words and ways (and history, and fears) of black people for his intended congregation of white readers.
The sermon is constructed in two sections. The first, “Repenting of Whiteness,” offers three commentaries on what the author, and by extension many black people in America, sees as the primary source of tension between the white and black communities. That source, he says, is “whiteness,” a term he uses to describe not skin pigmentation so much as a psychological, moral, economic, cultural, and political state of being that essentially proclaims, espouses, and promotes the essential superiority of the white race. In this section of the sermon, the author also discusses various ways in which white people struggle when faced with the essential truths of the racial situation in America, and also struggle to NOT face those truths. In the sermon’s second section, “Being Black in America,” the author turns his focus to a detailed exploration and commentary of what might be described as blackness, or the various ways in which black people are discriminated against, and at times, act against their own best interests.
In the sixth chapter, the author offers guidance about the various actions white people can take to redress or transform the current situation. He uses the acronym “R.E.S.P.O.N.S.I.V.E.” as a template from which he offers his very specific suggestions. In the book’s final three chapters, the author gives an example of how offerings of reconciliation and reparation can be both made and met openly and with respectful discourse. He suggests that the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States is an urgent “Call to Service” that both whites and blacks must heed if American society is to survive. In the final chapter, the author offers a prayer to God for guidance, support, strength, and courage.
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