What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America, Michael Eric Dyson
  • List: $19.99  |  Sale: $13.99
    Club: $9.99
    • Facebook Share
    • Twitter Share
    • Pinterest Share

Details

What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

Author: Michael Eric Dyson

Narrator: Michael Eric Dyson

Unabridged: 6 hr 32 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Published: 06/05/2018

Genre: History - African American

Synopsis

This program is read by the author.What Truth Sounds Like is a timely exploration of America's tortured racial politics that continues the conversation from Michael Eric Dyson's New York Times bestseller Tears We Cannot Stop.President Barack Obama: "Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison.”In 2015 BLM activist Julius Jones confronted Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with an urgent query: “What in your heart has changed that’s going to change the direction of this country?” “I don’t believe you just change hearts,” she protested. “I believe you change laws.”The fraught conflict between conscience and politics – between morality and power – in addressing race hardly began with Clinton. An electrifying and traumatic encounter in the sixties crystallized these furious disputes.In 1963 Attorney General Robert Kennedy sought out James Baldwin to explain the rage that threatened to engulf black America. Baldwin brought along some friends, including playwright Lorraine Hansberry, psychologist Kenneth Clark, and a valiant activist, Jerome Smith. It was Smith’s relentless, unfiltered fury that set Kennedy on his heels, reducing him to sullen silence.Kennedy walked away from the nearly three-hour meeting angry – that the black folk assembled didn’t understand politics, and that they weren’t as easy to talk to as Martin Luther King. But especially that they were more interested in witness than policy. But Kennedy’s anger quickly gave way to empathy, especially for Smith. “I guess if I were in his shoes…I might feel differently about this country.” Kennedy set about changing policy – the meeting having transformed his thinking in fundamental ways.There was more: every big argument about race that persists to this day got a hearing in that room. Smith declaring that he’d never fight for his country given its racist tendencies, and Kennedy being appalled at such lack of patriotism, tracks the disdain for black dissent in our own time. His belief that black folk were ungrateful for the Kennedys’ efforts to make things better shows up in our day as the charge that black folk wallow in the politics of ingratitude and victimhood. The contributions of black queer folk to racial progress still cause a stir. BLM has been accused of harboring a covert queer agenda. The immigrant experience, like that of Kennedy – versus the racial experience of Baldwin – is a cudgel to excoriate black folk for lacking hustle and ingenuity. The questioning of whether folk who are interracially partnered can authentically communicate black interests persists. And we grapple still with the responsibility of black intellectuals and artists to bring about social change.What Truth Sounds Like exists at the tense intersection of the conflict between politics and prophecy – of whether we embrace political resolution or moral redemption to fix our fractured racial landscape. The future of race and democracy hang in the balance. More praise for What Truth Sounds Like: "Dyson's passion for the rich African-American cultural tapestry reverberates in this audiobook." — AudioFile Magazine“What Truth Sounds Like is a tour de force of intellectual history and cultural analysis, a poetically written work that calls on all of us to get back in that room and to resolve the racial crises we confronted more than fifty years ago.” —Harry Belafonte

Recommended

Enemies in Love A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance, Alexis Clark
Enemies in Love
by Alexis Clark

List: $24.99

Sale: $17.50

Club: $12.49

Narrator: Allyson Johnson
Published: 05/15/2018

The Color of Money Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, Mehrsa Baradaran
The Color of Money
by Mehrsa Baradaran

List: $20.99

Sale: $14.70

Club: $10.49

Narrator: Lisa Renee Pitts
Published: 09/26/2017

Never Caught, Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Never Caught
by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

List: $17.99

On Sale: $5.00

Narrator: Robin Miles
Published: 02/07/2017

The Birth of a Nation Nat Turner and the Making of a Movement, Nate Parker
The Birth of a Nation
by Nate Parker

List: $9.99

Sale: $7.00

Club: $4.99

Narrator: Nate Parker
Published: 09/27/2016

The Black Hebrew Awakening The Final 400 Years As Slaves In America, Dante Fortson
The Black Hebrew Awakening
by Dante Fortson

List: $14.99

Sale: $10.50

Club: $7.49

Narrator: Doug Rice
Published: 06/19/2019

Zora Hurston and the Strange Case of Ruby McCollum, C. Arthur Ellis
Zora Hurston and the Strange Case of ...
by C. Arthur Ellis

List: $19.95

Sale: $13.97

Club: $9.97

Narrator: Trei Taylor
Published: 01/06/2017

Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Ibram X. Kendi
Stamped from the Beginning: A Definit...
by Ibram X. Kendi

List: $26.99

Sale: $18.89

Club: $13.49

Narrator: Christopher Dontrell Piper
Published: 02/07/2017

Defining Moments in Black History Reading Between the Lies, Dick Gregory
Defining Moments in Black History
by Dick Gregory

List: $21.99

Sale: $15.39

Club: $10.99

Narrator: James Shippy
Published: 09/05/2017

Black Fortunes The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires, Shomari Wills
Black Fortunes
by Shomari Wills

List: $20.99

Sale: $14.70

Club: $10.49

Narrator: Ron Butler
Published: 01/30/2018
{"id":"2242163","ean":"9781250295927","abr":"Unabridged","title":"What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America","subtitle":"Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America","author":"Michael Eric Dyson","rating_average":"4.18","narrator":"Michael Eric Dyson","ubr_id":"2242163","abr_id":"0","ubr_price":"19.99","abr_price":"0.00","ubr_memprice":"11.99","abr_memprice":"0.00","ubr_narrator":"Michael Eric Dyson","abr_narrator":"","ubr_length":"Unabridged: 6 hr 33 min","abr_length":"Abridged: "}