NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Ibram X. Kendi, Director of American University's Antiracist Research and Policy Center, about why some Trump supporters resist describing some of his comments as racist.
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.
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.
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.
Ibram X. Kendi, Professor of History and International Relations and Founding Director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington D.C., joins Justin to discuss his latest book, “Stamped from the Beginning", and the origins of the term “racism,” dispelling the myths about how racism works.
by Jamelle Bouie
Mar 13, 2017 – Jamelle Bouie talks to professor Ibram Kendi about the racial components of Trump’s policies and the history of these racist ideas.
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.
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."
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.
by Ben Chin, Beacon Podcast
Dec 5, 2016 - On this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Ben Chin interviews Professor Ibram X. Kendi about his new book, Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.
Oct 26, 2016 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
April 29, 2016 – When Barack Obama was elected President, we were told we lived in a post-racial world. It was a similar logic that the Supreme Court used to gut the voting rights act: now that voting rights were being respected, it was time to remove the protections preserving voters of color.
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.
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."
The Washington Post
September 6, 2017
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.
August 15, 2017
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.
August 14, 2017
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.
August 14, 2017
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.
The Washington Post
August 4, 2017
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.
July 18, 2017
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.
July 3, 2017
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.
July 28, 2017
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.
June 16, 2017
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.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 13, 2017
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.
June 8, 2017
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.
June 7, 2019
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.
May 26, 2017
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.
May 24, 2017
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.
April 26, 2017
The book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, walks us through the centuries to show how racist policies and discriminatory actions have led people to hold—and spread—racist ideas to justify them. You can read a fascinating Q&A with Kendi in the Winter 2017 edition of Thought & Action. He won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction—at 34, the youngest-ever winner in that category.
The Gainesville Sun
April 1, 2017
Although his award-winning book focuses on the past, Ibram X. Kendi shares the ideas and context that explain the present and could shape the future.
Kendi began tracing the backstory of particular racist beliefs and sayings around the time Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in 2012 — drawing inspiration and motivation from the raw emotions and national protests.
February 27, 2017
Ibram X. Kendi examines how racist ideas were spread throughout American history in this sweeping, award-winning history of thought. Bonus: He recently published a reading list in The New York Times, consisting of 24 books he describes as “the most influential books on race and the black experience published in the United States for each decade of the nation’s existence.”
January 31, 2017
When Ibram X. Kendi was studying for his doctoral degree in African American studies at Temple, he said he asked his professor Ama Mazama, “If we can’t be objective, what can we do?”
“We should just tell the truth,” Mazama said.
January 24, 2017
In a recent interview with Time, Lisa Lucas, the director of the National Book Foundation, recommends four books for Trump to read, including a title from vocal opponent and civil rights leader, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). "We were so lucky to have such a wonderful reader in President Obama," Lucas says, highlighting the 44th POTUS' oft-repeated assertion "that reading novels helped to make him a better citizen." Unfortunately, Donald Trump doesn't read nearly as much as his predecessor, but Lucas says she "can only hope that [he] is as interested in our stories, lives and literature" as President Obama was.
Diverse Issues in Higher Ed
January 9, 2017
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi hopes that the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction he was awarded for Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, could bring more attention to other scholars taking a hard look at the history of racism in America.
December 28, 2016
'Tis the season for book lists. What are the books that stuck with you this year? What was your favorite read — new or old?
December 17, 2016
Looking for a great book? Looking for a great gift? Here are 26 of the best books by black authors published in 2016. They are realistic stories, science fiction and fantasy stories, mystery thrillers, investigative journalism and histories. Ranging from fiction to poetry, short stories to essay collections, there is something here for every taste.
December 8, 2016
Racism, an intricate component of the American saga since colonial times, is arguably the most contradictory element of the ideals upon which the country was founded, and a provocative rebuttal brought up whenever the United States seeks to point fingers at the human rights violations of its neighbors, in its self-appointed role as global policeman. Now, in a new millennium and well into our second century as a republic, this scar across the conscience of our nation is ever prominent as we embark upon the start of a new, polarizing Presidential administration.
The Seattle Times
December 5, 2016
Ibram X. Kendi says there is nothing wrong with black people. There’s nothing wrong with women or sexual minorities or Native Americans. But there is something very wrong with policies that disadvantage so many people who have been defined as deficient.
The Washington Post
December 2, 2016
The presidential race dominated my reading this year — like it seemed to dominate everything. So as I sift through my 2016 stacks, I see plenty of works on politics, candidate memoirs and books hitting on hot-button campaign debates.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 2, 2016
Ibram X. Kendi hugged his wife, climbed to the stage at the National Book Awards, and turned to address the black-tie-clad literati gathered at Cipriani Wall Street, an event space in New York. His Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books) had just won the prize for nonfiction, and he acknowledged, among others, his 6-month-old daughter, Imani, whose name, in Swahili, means "faith."
December 1, 2016
In his recent National Book Award-winning book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, NEA Higher Ed member Ibram X. Kendi dives into the world of racist ideas. Recently, Kendi, an assistant professor at the University of Florida, talked with NEA Today about the evolution of racism in the United States, how it continues to impact public education, and how educators can create anti-racist spaces.
The Dallas News
November 30, 2016
We study history largely so we don't repeat the worst it has to offer. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way.
I've been thinking about this a lot in recent weeks as white nationalist bloviating and hate incidents have increased in the wake of the presidential election. The highest-profile incident remains the recent gathering of so-called "alt-right" leaders in Washington, D.C., which ended in multiple Nazi salutes. Leading the charge was Dallas' own Richard Spencer, a young light in the current suit-and-tie white supremacy movement.
November 29, 2016
Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won this year's National Book Award for nonfiction, is an altogether remarkable thesis on history, but, in ways that are both moving and immediately painful, it also reverberates with the post-election autopsy we're all conducting right now. Kendi is reading Thursday, December 1, at University Book Store.
November 23, 2016
Last week, the 2016 National Book Awards were announced. Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad (Doubleday) was honored in the fiction category. Daniel Borzutzky won the poetry award for The Performance of Becoming Human (Brooklyn Arts Press), and Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books) was awarded the nonfiction laurel. In young people's literature, March: Book Three (Top Shelf Productions), a collaboration between Representative John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, was recognized.