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The Continuing Mission of Black Intellectuals: Stamped From the Beginning and African American History

Something that caught my eye when reading Ibram Kendi’s excellent Stamped From the Beginning was his admonition early in the book about for whom he was writing. Kendi insisted that he was not pleading for understanding of racism in American history with those unwilling to learn. “But if there is anything I have learned during my research,” Kendi wrote,” it’s that the principal producers and defenders of racist ideas will not join us.”[1] This passage immediately reminded me of another opening statement, from another book addressing racism and American history. “It would be only fair to the reader to say Read more