Tears We Cannot Stop, A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson; 2017; $24.99; 228 pages; St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY; 978-1-250-13599-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 5/30/17-6/6/17

Why did I read this? I found a Black Lives Matters reading list and since I am trying to learn more than what I was taught in a curriculum that left much out.

Michael Eric Dyson, a Baptist Minister, preaches a brilliant sermon about the plight of African Americans in the United States which includes a history lesson on the many different ways that the African Americans have been oppressed.  There have been obvious ways like slavery, and Jim Crow laws and then systemic racism.  The systemic racism has started at all levels of government and trickled down to the people in the communities.  It has traveled up and down the highways and byways of America and has become so prevalent that many people expect it to happen and refuse to do anything about it.

Grade A