The latest episode of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast addresses the history of racism in America and how Michael Eric Dyson addresses these problems in his newest book, Tears We Cannot Stop. Executive Director of the USC Bedrosian Center Audrey Hicks leads Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and CRCC Senior Director of Research and Evaluation Richard Flory in a discussion of the book.
Flory starts the conversation with discussion with his one critique of the book, that it’s not “sociological” enough. He says:
In some ways you might say that it’s a conservative approach to race relations, by which I mean, we can fix them all if we have good relations with each other individually. And that’s essentially, trickle down economics, that’s trickle down race relations. If I like black people, or that black person likes me, we can fix everything. Which I’m not denigrating, those are important things, but I think there are other things that are going on as well, that he kinds of eludes to throughout the book, but he doesn’t really push in a way I think he could have.
The discussion continues into whether the book can change white Americans perspectives on race.