Michael Eric Dyson Summary

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“How we can make it through the long night of despair to the bright day of hope” is the author’s way of saying, how a change should be made in order to have a better life, a better future, and a better relationship with others. Racism started when African Americans were kidnapped and sold to White Americans. Ever since, Americans have grown up with a feeling of superiority towards minority races. The author Michael Eric Dyson utilizes statistics, real life examples, word choice, and emotional appeals in order to bring awareness to the reader of the seriousness of racism in the US and how every day that goes by, more and more black lives are taken without any mercy.

Throughout the book Mr. Dyson tells his own stories in order to explain in a simpler way the point that he is trying to portray. That is, that events related to African Americans suffering are not over exaggerated or unreal. In an article by Gale Literature Resource Center called, “Michael Eric Dyson Believes in Individual Reparations”, Mr. Dyson stated, “ I open this book with horror stories about my engagement with the police. These are the stories that have shaped me, that join me to the mass of people who, regardless of our station in life,
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People deserve a future and deserve a magnificent life ahead of them. African Americans shouldn’t be treated differently and be looked down at just for being a different color skin. Therefore, the author asks for a change that unites all races together in which they can be treated like brothers among them. Like Rosa Parks said in her quote, “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and hopefully, we shall overcome” a change has to be made in order to stop having to prepare oncoming minority generations from going through the same outrageous

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