TITLE: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
AUTHOR: Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
AGE RANGE: YA
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas–and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.
“There will come a time when we will love humanity, when we will gain the courage to fight for an equitable society for our beloved humanity, knowing, intelligently, that when we fight for humanity, we are fighting for ourselves.”
This was absolutely phenomenal. I haven’t read the original by Ibram X. Kendi yet, but I certainly plan to after listening to Jason Reynolds’ magnificent YA re-working of it. I don’t know how much this book will help educate many of the Black individuals in my lives who grew up knowing this information and who work hard for civil rights, but as a white person who was raised in the deep south, so much of the truth that Jason Reynolds revealed here was painfully skimmed over in my upbringing and education. I feel like I learned things that I should have known a long time ago, and I was certainly reminded of how little I will ever truly grasp the Black experience, especially here in the US. But it also reminded me that there are always things I can do as long as I keep learning and listening and do everything in my power to be anti-racist.
I’d also like to say that Reynolds’ narration skills are unparalleled; he’s so much fun to listen to, and I can see why so many people have raved to me now about audiobooks of his works. I could have listened to him for hours longer and I know I’ll be reaching for audio formats of everything else he’s written because it was just so enjoyable.
discussions of racism, slavery, abuse
Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi are both Black authors writing about Black history and the Black experience
Informative, beautifully written, and delightfully narrated.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT? YES.
— destiny ♥
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