The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller!
A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.
Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In order to fight systemic racism’s deeply ingrained place in our culture, we have to understand how it got there in the first place. That’s the brilliantly straightforward concept at the heart of this galvanizing, easy-to-digest audiobook. Historian Ibram X. Kendi blew us away with Stamped from the Beginning, his impassioned, National Book Award–winning chronicle of racist ideology in America. In collaboration with author Jason Reynolds—our country’s National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature—Kendi has repackaged his powerful insights into bite-size chapters that are perfect for young readers or anyone trying to learn more about this vitally important topic. Kendi and Reynolds go all the way back, digging into the precolonial era, when wealthy, powerful white men created racist ideas in order to justify the buying and selling of human beings during the African slave trade. Hearing about the ideas and laws employed to subjugate and oppress African Americans until today, from segregation to redlining, can be painful and enraging. And yet—thanks to his experience connecting with young readers on the school and library circuit—Reynolds is a spirited and relaxed narrator who occasionally injects unexpectedly funny, pointed ad-libs into his narration. At just over four hours, this audiobook is the perfect length for a family road trip—one that will lead to the kind of discussions that are too important not to have.