Racism (and specifically anti-blackness) is not an accident of U.S. history; it was designed to be an integral part of our system. This book delves into the origins of these ideas and how they are insidiously entrenched in our society today. Venerated historian Ibram X. Kendi studies racism through the lives of five very different American intellectuals: preacher Cotton Mather, slave-raping President & philosopher Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, historian and activist W.E.B. Du Bois, and iconic civil rights & anti-prison activist Angela Davis, and studies how their influential writings reinforced or challenged racial discrimination in the U.S.
- National Book Award
- Author: Ibram X. Kendi