Stamped From the Beginning
The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in AmericaBook - 2016
Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America -- it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas 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. He uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to drive this history: Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and legendary activist Angela Davis.
As Kendi shows, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. They were created to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial inequities.
In shedding light on this history, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose racist thinking. In the process, he gives us reason to hope.
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LPL_DirectorBrad Nov 05, 2016
Dr. Kendi's book is a brilliant distillation of racist ideas in America. Impeccably researched and thoroughly readable, Kendi starts at the beginning (even bringing in Aristotle!) and describes the development and evolution of racist ideas from the precolonial era up to current times. This is his... Read More »
LPL_ShirleyB Sep 24, 2016
"HEAVILY RESEARCHED YET READABLE" —Booklist