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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Encore Edition)

Some Americans cling to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America – more sophisticated and insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society.

Kendi chronicles the story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. 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 proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.

Special Thanks to KPFA Radio for use of the audio.
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  1. I stumbled upon your show early this morning and was quickly swept away in the engaging words of Dr.Ibrahm. What an interesting perspective.I will get his book. And am grateful for the opportunity to discover you program.

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