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Othersode #42: Anti-Racist Reading / Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

As the United States enters the sixth week of national protests over the brutal police murders of unarmed Black people, we thought it best to interrupt our regular schedule for some anti-racism reading and reflection. So this week, we’re discussing Ibram X. Kendi’s “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” We cover the book’s interesting structure, highlight some of the new-to-us terminology, and share ways in which the book upended our own understanding of our country’s history. Of course, we also talk about pop culture and feminism, because how could we not? After our discussion, we read some listener feedback from our last othersode on Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children, and talk a little bit about the current status of the blog.

Be sure to read along for our next episode on The Water Dancer by Ta Nehisi Caotes, which drops July 13th. Then, for our next othersode on July 27th, join us for another foray into American history: a discussion of HAMILTON, which will finally be made available to the masses via Disney+. In the meantime, please continue educating yourselves, fighting for what’s right, and wearing your masks!

:30–introductions and places to donate
8:33–gettin into the book. Spoiler warning: it’s history
23:45–terminology, learning new things
34:32–uplift suasion (and how it applies to the Bach nation)
58:26–Black women and feminism
1:06:40–pop culture
1:19:52–physicality and stereotypes
1:30:37–comments on the book
1:41:25–where’s the blog? What’s up next?


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