Ibram X. Kendi was in Washington this weekend for the National Book Festival talking about his monumental history of American racism, "Stamped From the Beginning." Winner of a National Book Award, "Stamped" is an extraordinary work of scholarship that traces the depth of racial hatred in this country and our intricate methods of perpetuating it.Read More
Despite years of talk about living in a post-racial America, this weekend's violence at the Charlottesville march was a deadly reminder that racism is still alive and well in the modern day United States — and always has been. With images of torch-bearing, weapon-wielding white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and KKK members filling every television set across the country, it's becoming clear that unless we do something to stop it, the hate and violence emboldened by the current presidential administration will only get worse. A good first step to take? Educating yourself with these books on race all white people should read, because it is up to us to put an end to racism.Read More
The Ku Klux Klan was at the height of its popularity when more than 30,000 members — racists and anti-Semites marching 22 abreast and 14 rows deep — paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Aug. 8, 1925. “White-robed Klan cheered on march in nation’s capital,” read the front-page headline in The Washington Post the next day.Read More
In the aftermath of racist violence like what unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, one visceral reaction is a call to action — a call by outraged activists, by politicians who want to provide moral leadership, and by ordinary people who ask themselves what they can do in the face of extraordinary hatred.Read More
In the aftermath of the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville this weekend — and all the violence that ensued — a popular response from good white liberals was that #ThisIsNotUs.
In other words: Blatant, violent racism is not a part of the real America. The Charlottesville rally was a perverse aberration, one that the rest of us have no part in.Read More
The chaos in Charlottesville erupted nearly 120 miles from American University in Northwest Washington, but the aftermath can be felt on campus.
The incidents in Virginia come as AU tries to target racism.Read More
In Between the World and Me (2015), Ta-Nehisi Coates contends that the great question of American history is not whether “Lincoln truly meant ‘government of the people’”, but what America has, from its inception, “taken the political term ‘people’ to actually mean. In 1863, it did not mean your mother or your grandmother, and it did not mean you and me. Thus America’s problem is not its betrayal of ‘government of the people’, but the means by which ‘the people’ acquired their names.” Stamped from the Beginning provides a lucid, accessible survey of how “the people” were racialised over 500 years.Read More
The statue of Thomas Jefferson looked at them, those several hundred torch-waving men and women marching at the University of Virginia late Friday night in opposition to the city’s plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. The protesters and counterprotesters who violently clashed in Charlottesville on Saturday passed by Jefferson’s monuments.Read More
President Trump sparked outrage last week when, during a speech in front of dozens of uniformed law enforcement officers, he suggested they need not worry about the safety of suspects in their custody. But during the speech, Trump said something else that many found just as cringeworthy, yet received less media attention.Read More
While first reading Ibram X. Kendi’s kaleidoscopic and admirably lucidStamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas, I had a flashback to my days as a graduate student, during the years of Bill Clinton’s presidency. In particular, I remembered poring over Winthrop D. Jordan’s White Over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550–1812(1968) in one of my seminars. A second edition of White Over Black was released just five years ago, but in fact the number of historical studies on racist ideas has exploded in the half century since Jordan’s classic was first published. Expanding significantly upon such works, Kendi’s new book is destined to become a must-read for those seeking an accessible introduction to the complex intellectual history of racist ideologies in the United States.Read More
There are passages in Stamped from the Beginning that could serve as an obituary to the myth of post-racial America; that fanciful and woefully ahistorical delusion that flowered, briefly, during the early months of Barack Obama’s first term. Ibram X Kendi’s new book, written during Obama’s second term, places that moment within a broad and sobering historical context.Read More
As three Chicago police officers face charges for covering up the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, we will look at the cases of Philando Castile, Sam DuBose and Sylville Smith — three black men killed by police officers. In recent weeks, two of the officers were acquitted; one had a mistrial. Our first guest writes, “[I]t is not just police officers who are on trial. America is on trial. Either these deaths are justified, and therefore America is just, or these deaths are unjustified, and America is unjust.” We speak with historian Ibram X. Kendi. His recent book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, is the recipient of the 2016 National Book Award.Read More
A police officer kills a black person in a show of excessive force and is then acquitted of all charges in a court of law. This sequence of events has played out time and again. It happened twice last week, when a mistrial was declared in the case of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing accused of fatally shooting Sam DuBose during a traffic stop, and when Milwaukee officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was acquitted of fatally shooting Sylville Smith. It happened again on June 16, when Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges for fatally shooting Philando Castile in his car last July, with his girlfriend and her young daughter witnesses to his death.Read More
Below is the list of finalists for the seventh annual HBCU Awards ceremony, to be held on July 14 in Washington D.C.’s Gallup Building beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Finalists were selected from more than 175 nominations from HBCUs across the country.Read More
Just seven years after receiving his Ph.D., 35-year-old Ibram X. Kendi has reached academic milestones that many junior scholars can only dream of.
Mr. Kendi, who has been an assistant professor of African-American history at the University of Florida for two years, has published essays in The New York Times, Time magazine, Newsweek, and The Chronicle. He has written two acclaimed books and plans to publish his third next year. One of the first two books, Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books), won the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction, making him the youngest winner of that award in more than 30 years.Read More
Staying with non-fiction, Ibram X Kendi provides a lucid, clear-eyed study of how anti-black sentiment arrived in the United States from Europe and became embedded in society over the centuries. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction and its insightful teachings and shock conclusions make for both sobering and incendiary reading.Read More
Why is racism so entrenched in American history? And how did America’s racist culture mutate from causing blunt trauma to insidious disenfranchisement? These are the questions Ibram X. Kendi answers in the course of his National Book Award–winning jaunt through history. Drawing from extensive research into the lives of five significant American thinkers, Kendi offers readers an almost surgical breakdown of racist ideology — from the rationalization of slavery to counterproductive intellectual discourse.Read More
In this tour-de-force, Kendi offers a compelling history of racist ideas in the United States, drawing insights from a wide array of primary sources. His book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding race and racism in this country.Read More
Joey Bada$$‘ grip on social issues and race relations has been constant throughout his rap career. Most of us first heard the innocuous teenager back in 2012 when he waxed poetically about spirituality and poverty that overpowers ambition on his breakout single, “Waves.” Today, the Flatbush, Brooklyn native is 22 years young. Despite the springtime of life, Joey’s sagaciousness continues to captivate curious minds of all ages.Read More