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. Please join us!
May: Part 1 and overview
June: Part 2 (Thomas Jefferson and the beginnings of the USA)
July: Part 3 (William Lloyd Garrison and the complicated racism and anti-racism within abolitionism)
August: Part 4 (W.E.B. du Bois)
September: Part 5 (Angela Davis and epilogue)