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Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

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

Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

by Michael Eric Dyson


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Of a piece with What Truth Sounds Like and Tears We Cannot Stop, Michael Eric Dyson’s elegiac, aching, epistolary history of racial violence in America is a “love letter to the martyrs of the struggle, to my people who have been courageous long-distance runners in the fight for justice, and to a country that hasn’t always loved us as it should.” In seven sharp, exquisite missives to those killed, Dyson wrestles with their deaths, invites us to confront past and present, challenges us to truly look at the legacy of race. In the confrontation we might find a better future.


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.

“Powerfully illuminating, heart-wrenching, and enlightening.” -Ibram X. Kendi, bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist

“Crushingly powerful, Long Time Coming is an unfiltered Marlboro of black pain.” -Isabel Wilkerson, bestselling author of Caste

"Formidable, compelling...has much to offer on our nation’s crucial need for racial reckoning and the way forward." -Bryan Stevenson, bestselling author of Just Mercy

The night of May 25, 2020 changed America. George Floyd, a 46-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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250276759
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 133,064
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

MICHAEL ERIC DYSON—distinguished University Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, College of Arts & Science, and of Ethics and Society, Divinity School, and Centennial Professor at Vanderbilt University—is one of America’s premier public intellectuals and the author of seven New York Times bestsellers including JAY-Z, Tears We Cannot Stop, and What Truth Sounds Like, and most recently Long Time Coming. A contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, Dr. Dyson is a recipient of two NAACP Image awards and the 2020 Langston Hughes Festival Medallion. Former president Barack Obama has noted: “Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison.”

Table of Contents

Prelude: Gold Orb

1: Black Death

2: Blue Plague

3: White Theft

4: Seeing Red

5: White Comfort

Postlude: Evergreen Hope



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