Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Author: Ibram X. Kendi
If you want to oppose racism in today’s America, you’ll want to understand how anti-black racist ideas developed and how they have influenced the course of American history. By understanding racist thinking, we can expose and oppose it in today’s world.
The author’s conclusion is that racist ideas didn’t (and don’t) come from ignorance or hate. They were created to justify and rationalize racial inequities and discrimination.
This book looks at five key Americans and their ideas: Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Angela Davis. The book won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction, was a New York Times and Washington Post bestseller, and was named one of the best books of the year by the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Chicago Review of Books, The Root, Buzzfeed, Bustle, and Entropy.
Organizers of this book discussion come from several different faith communities in the community. We will decide whether to continue with future meetings, either continuing with this book in more depth, or choosing other books that shed light on issues we face today. Please join us!Register here