Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop, a passionate call to America to finally reckon with race and start the journey to redemption.

The night of May 25, 2020 changed America. George Floyd, a 43-year-old Black man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis when a white cop suffocated him. The video of that night’s events went viral, sparking the largest protests in the nation’s history and the sort of social unrest we have not seen since the sixties. While Floyd’s death was certainly the catalyst, (heightened by the fact that it occurred during a pandemic whose victims were disproportionately of color) it was in truth the fuse that lit an ever-filling powder keg.

Long Time Coming grapples with the cultural and social forces that have shaped our nation in the brutal crucible of race. In five beautifully argued chapters—each addressed to a black martyr from Breonna Taylor to Rev. Clementa Pinckney—Dyson traces the genealogy of anti-blackness from the slave ship to the street corner where Floyd lost his life—and where America gained its will to confront the ugly truth of systemic racism. Ending with a poignant plea for hope, Dyson’s exciting new book points the way to social redemption. Long Time Coming is a necessary guide to help America finally reckon with race.

Title:Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America
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  • Jenna

    (Memorial to Breonna Taylor, a 26 year old medical worker killed during a botched raid. Police barged into her and her boyfriend's apartment as they slept. The unarmed and recently awakened Breonna wa...

  • Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson is an interesting and informative book about race.Long Time Coming is a fact based portrayal of race problems in the United State...

  • sarah xoxo

    "As George Floyd's death suggests, the knees of the nation have been on the necks of Black America for centuries."Long Time Coming offers a timely look at racism in the US, told in epistolary format w...

  • Mari

    A worthwhile entry into everyone's anti-racist reading list. There were ideas here that shouldn't be new to anyone who has been engaging with ideas of institutional racism in America, but Dyson also p...

  • David Wineberg

    There are only so many ways to slice and dice racism. There is the pathetic legal trail, the shameful political trail, tragic straight history, personal memoirs and the legacy of civil rights efforts,...

  • Caleb

    The Not F-ing Around Coalition is the best part of this book. My heart was heavy after rehashing unarmed African-American murder victims. My gripe about this book is a lack of action plan for shifting...

  • Rod Brown

    Dyson addresses Black martyrs Elijah McClain, Emmett Till, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Hadiya Pendleton, Sandra Bland, and Rev. Clementa Pinckney in what is basically a series of essays about white s...

  • Sahitya

    If we’ve been following the news for a few years and know a bit of American history with regards to white supremacy and racism, this book might not offer anything new but sometimes, we do need a rem...

  • Andy

    Thank you to Libro.FM for an ALC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Definitely will be rereading this in the future.What a way to start off my 2021 reading. This book is painf...

  • Andre

    Michael Eric Dyson is one of our most prolific scholars presently. So it may stand to reason with dozens of published works and hundreds of articles, that it may take some measure of creativity to kee...