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Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America by [Michael Eric Dyson]

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The ostensible purpose of Long Time Coming, organized as a string of letters, is to explain what led to the unrest that swept the nation last summer after George Floyd's killing and what should be done to address it. But Dyson's grander purpose, perhaps, is to bare the deep wounds left by generations of White-authored violence. He wants readers to feel that pain. --Michael A. Fletcher, The Washington Post

"The writing is smart and the research that informs it is great, but what makes this is an important book is Dyson's voice, which is strong but always pregnant with frustration, pain, admiration and, ultimately, hope." --NPR Book Review

[Dyson] is rarely afraid to call out bigotry. In his new book, he imagines what it would be like if victims of racism, police brutality or gang violence had not lost their lives. Each chapter is a letter to what he calls the martyrs of the struggle. --NPR

Dyson's formidable twenty-third book probes this tragic notion about the violent silencing of the martyred, with Dyson hosting a poignant conversation...elegantly argued... --Adrienne Westenfeld, Esquire

"A sweeping overview of racism in America ... A timely, fervent message from an important voice." --Kirkus Reviews

"Dyson provides valuable historical and sociopolitical context in his vivid descriptions ... Rich with feeling and insight, this elegiac account hits home." --Publisher's Weekly

Michael Eric Dyson is one of the nation's most thoughtful and critical thinkers in social inequality and the demands of justice. Long Time Coming, his latest formidable, compelling book, has much to offer on our nation's crucial need for racial reckoning and the way forward. --Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy

Michael Eric Dyson's Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America, is a brilliant and fiercely eloquent work that traces the roots of racism from slavery and Jim Crow to police brutality and the plague of Black killings in our own day. In gorgeous prose and erudite analysis, Dyson argues that both the trap of white comfort and the peril of cancel culture thwart a genuine reckoning with race in our country. Long Time Coming is a searing cry for racial justice from one of our nation's greatest thinkers and most compelling prophets. --Robin DiAngelo, bestselling author of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

One of the country's most prominent scholars on race has a new book --AP News

eloquent, exacting, and consequential scrutiny of 'the racial calamity at the heart of our democracy' is a catalyst for discussion and continued calls for justice, a work essential to the struggle to achieve insight, genuine change, and healing." --Booklist, starred review

In Long Time Coming, social commentator Dyson traces the history of antiblack sentiment that culminated in this reckoning with America's oldest sin. --AARP Sisters Newsletter

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.


From the <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Tears We Cannot Stop</i>, a passionate call to America to finally reckon with race and start the journey to redemption. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08G49FY4J
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Press (1 December 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 9434 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 229 pages
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Michael Eric Dyson is an award winning author, a widely celebrated Georgetown University professor, a prominent public intellectual and a noted political analyst. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he is also an ordained Baptist minister. Dyson is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner (Why I Love Black Women, and Is Bill Cosby Right?), and the winner of the American Book Award for Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. His book The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America was a Kirkus Prize finalist. Dyson has written 19 books, and edited another one, over his nearly 25-year publishing career. He is also a highly sought after public speaker who is known to excite both secular and sacred audiences. Follow him on Twitter @michaeledyson and on his official Facebook page (

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