Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi Read Along

“When men oppress their fellow-men, the oppressor ever finds, in the character of the oppressed, a full justification for his oppression.” Douglass, amazingly, summed up the history of racist ideas in a single sentence.” ― Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Published: March 10th 2017 by Novel Audio
Length: 19 hours and 8 minutes, narrated by Christopher Dontrell Piper
Category: Nonfiction, History, Race, African American History
National Book Award for Nonfiction (2016), National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for General Nonfiction (2016), Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Nominee for Nonfiction (2017)

I want to live in a world where no man’s life is valued more or less than another’s. And it saddens and enrages me to say that I don’t believe the world is so; this HAS to change. Black Lives Matter.

artwork by Evelina Barz, click on image to be directed to source

I am joining @melanatedreader‘s Juneteenth buddy read for Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America to listen, to learn, unpack my privilege, to hold myself accountable in supporting change.

excerpt from Goodreads synopsis: 4.60 average rating
As Kendi provocatively illustrates, racist thinking did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Racist ideas were created and popularized in an effort to defend deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and to rationalize the nation’s racial inequities in everything from wealth to health. While racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much–needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers tools to expose them—and in the process, reason to hope. 

If you are looking for other reads – for children and adults – that educate about racism, antiracism, white fragility and more, please see curated lists from numerous sources below (click on image to be directed to corresponding site). There are many more resources and lists out there, I highly recommend doing some further research to expand your knowledge.




I hope you will join me in reading Stamped from the Beginning.

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”
 Fran Lebowitz


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10 thoughts on “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi Read Along

  1. Great post. I’m reading Stamped at the moment! ☺️

    Also, do you mind if I share some of these resources in my review and link back to you?

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  2. The news hurts my heart – this issue has always been a problem but when the big orange baby made it seem the current thing to be arrogant and blatant, it seems to have exploded.


  3. I have this book on my list too.. Great post and I will add these resources to another roundup post I am working on for this week.. as well as to share on social media


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