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Getting Racist Ideas Backwards

Underlying much of the media’s fumbled white supremacist coverage is an enduring assumption about where racist ideas comes from: the poor, the uneducated, and the hateful. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is the founding director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at American University and author of “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” He tells The Guardian US's Lois Beckett that this prevailing narrative is centuries old and completely backwards.

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Seeing White from Scene on Radio

Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.

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Angela Davis and Ibram X. Kendi

On January 10, 2019, Angela Davis and Ibram X. Kendi came to the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco, to talk with Jeff Chang about the connections between capitalism, racism and sexism, and ways that activists, and all citizens, can move forward.

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The History of Race and Racism in America

May 25, 2017 – In The New York Times Book Review, Ibram X. Kendi, the National Book Award-winning author of “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” selects a list of the most influential books on race and the black experience in the United States for each decade of the nation’s existence.

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Mayor's Book Club

Feb 8, 2017 –  A discussion between Mayor Lauren Poe and Ibram X. Kendi, author of "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America."

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Author Ibram Kendi On The Evolution Of Racism

by Celeste Headlee & Sean Powers

Dec 12, 2016 – From its earliest days as a nation, the United States has struggled with a problem that we can’t seem to solve - racism. Ibram Kendi chronicles the evolution of racism in his book “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” We talked with him before his lecture Monday at 8pm at the Atlanta History Center.

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The Definitive History Of Racist Ideas In America

By Joe Donahue

Sep 16, 2016 – Young black men are 21 times more likely to be killed by police than their white counterparts. The unemployment rate for African Americans has been double that of whites for more than half a century. 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.

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New Books Network- African American Studies

by Lilian Calles Barger

September 8, 2016 – The ideas of segregation and assimilation have rationalized racism and have reproduced and spread in the face of challenge by antiracist arguments. Americans have unsuccessfully attempted to root out racism through notions of self-sacrifice, “uplift suasion,” and educational persuasion.

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On the origins, and persistence, of racist thought in America.

July 2016 – Historian Ibram X. Kendi examines the history (and present) of racist ideas in America - from the anti-Black premise that liberalism and progressivism share with segregationism, to the ways capitalism, science and religion adopted and adapted racist ideology to maintain White supremacy - and explains why the only route to ending racism lies in dismantling the policies of discrimination, not attempting to alter or police the behavior of its victims.

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The Source: Racist Thought In America

by Paul Flahive & David Martin Davies

Apr 19, 2016 – The history of racist thought in America was - with the election of President Barack Obama - supposed to be just that, history. The idea of a post-racial world sadly turned out to be just an idea, and in fact the rise of overt racism has become commonplace.  We look at the state of contemporary racism in America and how we got here. "Stamped From The Beginning," a new book, delves deeply into the history of racist thought in the U.S.

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Why Racism Lingers

Ibram Kendi, assistant professor of African American history at the University of Florida and the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books, 2016), looks at the lives and thinking of prominent American thinkers, from Cotton Mather to Angela Davis, to make his case that even advocates of racial equality often perpetrated the view he quotes from Confederate President Jefferson Davis that "inequality of black and white races" was "stamped from the beginning."

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