Letters and Politics

The History of Racist Ideas in the United States with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, an assistant professor of African American History at the University of Florida. He is an accomplished author. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was recently released by Nation Books.

About the book:
In thi3c9c15_414681d0e301455f8dc4a7781e6dc985-mv2_d_1900_2860_s_2s 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. 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.

  • EIDALM

    Please stop the Afrocentric none sense ,the ancient Egyptans were not black ,they left us thousands of their images on murals ,paintings ,statues ,and even murals that shows different races ,blacks and Asians…..Men were often portrayed as red skin because they worked outdoors ,while women were shown as white or pale yellow….The words referred to Herodotus was proven to be miss-translation

    • Barland enaj

      it appears as though you have not gone to egypt nor seen its people upper and lower. Ancient Egyptians were and still are black sure you have arabs and mixtures however ancient egyptians were always black Egypt is the fertile crescent the begining. You mut be white and watching too many hollywood films where they would never hire a real egyptian to play the role wake up

      • EIDALM

        I am Egyptian ,born in Egypt ,lived in Egypt for 23 years ,go to my Facebook page I posted lots of images and videos of Egyptians ,Ancient and modern.including myself ,family ,movie stars ,etc….My Facebook page M Eid

        • Barland enaj

          An Egyptologist would beg to differ with you. Common sense would tell you that during ancient time with all that hot sun in north africa egyptians were black and dark many people have migrated to egypt from the time of Alexander. The greeks came and the romans then there was a mixture. True egytian were and is black

          • EIDALM

            You are totally wrong ,I am full blooded 100% Egyptian ,please stop to folow the Afro centrist ignoramus ,again the Egyptians ancient and modern are Mediterranean Caucasians and in fact they are classified by the U S censor bureau as white….Again recent DNA tests should that modern Egyptians genetics are 99.7 % similar to ancient Egyptians.

          • Mika Mwambazi

            @Barland Enaj: You sound a little combative. The initial Kingdom of Ancient Egypt was made up of Indigenous groups (Fellahin, Nubians and Beja) etc. They paint themselves red/brown and the Nubian counterparts much darker…this only means they were not as dark as Nubians but similar to Ethiopians/Somalians. There is nothing Arabic about ancient Egyptian culture, the names, traditions and culture are more synonymous with surrounding African cultures. Modern Egyptians do not consider themselves black/Africans because they are not and are descendants of Greeks, Romans and Arabs. It is correct that you are indeed Caucasian but a dna text on the mummy of Ramses shows bantu origin which of course Hawass and his team of Egyptologists haven’t been to enthusiastic about.

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