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Podcast #178: Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning

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Stamped from the BeginningToday on the show: Ibram X. Kendi, the best-selling historian and author of the National Book Award–winning Stamped from the Beginning: the Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Harvard professor and Director Emeritus of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Recorded at the Schomburg back in June, the conversation on Kendi’s history of racist ideas in America feels especially urgent given the recent events in Charlottesville and their aftermath. Stamped from the Beginning chronicles anti-black racist ideas in America 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’s dialogue with Muhammad highlights how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.

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