Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi & Jason Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Published: March 10th, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Non-Fiction, History, Racism
Wait, it’s over already? But it just started… How can that be? This is probably the best not-history history book I have read in my short life. It spans hundreds of years, and yet it feels very linear, no disruptions. It’s a ‘‘story’’ with a beginning and middle, but no end…
Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds go back to beginning of the 15th century, to the man they identify as the first known racist in the world, and continue the discussion on race throughout the book, identifying key segregationists (bad), assimilationists (cowards) and antiracists (good) figures. Those who tried to open a discussion on race, and those who tried to shut it down.
I could read a thousand books on race relations and still I would learn more from every single new book I read. Every book has a point of view, and this one is no exception. Kendi and Reynolds are not just chronicling the development of racism in America: they are trying to prove something—to make us notice what fuels it, why it didn’t end back in the 15th century. They are sometimes summarizing, sometimes analyzing and sometimes coming up with their own conclusions.
I, for one, thought the authors’ comments made a lot of sense. I don’t think it’s a complete book—it is after all a remix of another book for a younger audience—but I do think it’s a great read for anyone who wants to start or further their education regarding racism in America.
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