Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Ibrim Kendi and Jason Reynolds
Join us Thursday, September3rd (new date) at 6:30 pm for a book discussion for all ages –Understanding the legacy of racism in America is essential to building an antiracist America. A fun and deep look at the systemic and systematic racism that’s been part of America since the beginning.
Please read before coming to discussion.
Questions to consider while reading or preparing for this discussion:
1) What part of history were new to you? What didn’t you learn in American history in school? What did you learn? What are the consequences of omissions about racism in American history? How will you locate yourself in the work of antiracism after reading this book? How did learning the things in this book help you to understand the present?
2) In what ways is racism woven into the fabric of American institutions? Where do you see evidence of this today?
3) At the beginning of Stamped and in chapter 13, Reynolds asserts, “Life rarely fits neatly into a box. People are complicated and selfish and contradictory.” Who are some of the complicated political figures, past and present, and what makes them complex?
4) Reynolds discusses The Souls of Black Folk by Du Bois and Du Bois’s concept of “double consciousness.” “A two-ness. A self that is Black and a self that is American” (p. 124). In what ways might people feel as if their identity is divided? In what ways might people feel as if their identity is unified?
5) Racism is so embedded in our lives that even everyday expressions that might seem innocuous are in fact examples of the pervasive power of language and the ways words and phrases associate blackness with negativity. Examples include words and phrases such as black sheep, blackballing, blackmail, blacklisting, black mark, and blackout. Other words and phrases include minority, ghetto, thug, and inner city. Discuss the ways Reynolds sheds light on how Black people have worked collectively to resist such negativity. To what extent do all citizens of a democratic society have a responsibility to disrupt the racism that is embedded in the English language?
Interviews with authors:
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99053571827