Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Ibram X. Kendi)

"While 'negative' portrayals of Black people often reinforced racist ideas, 'positive' portrayals did not necessarily weaken racist ideas. The 'positive' portrayals were simply dismissed as extraordinary Negroes, and the 'negative' portrayals were generalized as typical. Even if these racial reformers managed to one day replace all “negative” portrayals with “positive” portrayals in the mainstream media, then, like addicts, racists would then turn to other suppliers."

"While 'negative' portrayals of Black people often reinforced racist ideas, 'positive' portrayals did not necessarily weaken racist ideas. The 'positive' portrayals were simply dismissed as extraordinary Negroes, and the 'negative' portrayals were generalized as typical. Even if these racial reformers managed to one day replace all “negative” portrayals with “positive” portrayals in the mainstream media, then, like addicts, racists would then turn to other suppliers."

U.S.A. / 2016

This engrossing read just made the 2016 National Book Award Long List of Top 10 Non-Fiction Titles! In 592 pages, Kendi masterfully unpacks the historical roots of persistent anti-Black racism in America. He views whiteness and racism in a refreshingly logical manner. Folks are loving this book.

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