Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Author : Ibram X. Kendi

Publisher : Vintage Digital

Published date : 2017-07-06

Category : History

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Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi, The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America

Americans like to insist that they are living in a post-racial, color-blind society. In fact, racist thought is alive and well; it has simply become more sophisticated and more insidious. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, racist ideas in America have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit.

In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti–Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the lives of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and anti-racists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W. E. B. Du Bois to legendary anti–prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading pro-slavery and pro–civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.

As Kendi provocatively illustrates, racist thinking did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Racist ideas were created and popularized in an effort to defend deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and to rationalize the nation’s racial inequities in everything from wealth to health. While racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much–needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers tools to expose them—and in the process, reason to hope.

This is NOT a history book.

This is a book about the here and now.

A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.

A book about race.

About the Author

Ibram X. Kendi
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Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times best-selling author, an award-winning historian of racism and Professor of History and International Relations as well as Founding Director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC. He is the author of the award-winning The Black Campus Movement and his writing has appeared in Black Perspectives, Salon, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and The Root. Before entering academia, he trained and worked as a journalist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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