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Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History Of Racist Ideas In America
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|August 15, 2017

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The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society. Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America--it is more…

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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, And You: A Remix Of The National Book Award-winning Stamped From The…
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|March 10, 2020

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The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller! A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America This is NOT a history book. This is a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where…

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Family Book Club Conversation Starters

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The first chapter defines segregationists, assimilationists, and antiracists. Were you familiar with these terms before you read the book? Did your understanding of these words change by the end?
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What are examples of racism that you’ve encountered or experienced? Explain why and how your personal experiences with racism are tied to racist ideas that are hundreds of years old.
03
As seen with movies like Tarzan, Planet of the Apes, and Rocky, pop culture and media have played a large role in reinforcing racist ideas, whether their stories are overtly racist or are a bit sneakier in their propagation of racist ideas. What current movies, TV shows, and stories promote racist ideas, and how?
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How do race, gender, and sexual orientation intersect and create different barriers for queer women of colour?
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Why is Angela Davis a champion of antiracist thought and practice? Discuss the ways in which Davis fought for antiracism at different points in her life.
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The authors note how Richard Nixon would demean Black people in his speeches without ever saying “Black” and “White” by using words like “urban” and “ghetto”. What are other ways we invoke race without overtly mentioning race?
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Abraham Lincoln, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Booker T. Washington are remembered as defenders of Black liberation. How did these figures propel antiracist thought and enforce racist ideas? Can a person have racist, segregationist, and antiracist ideas all at once? How?
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The authors introduce the concept of double consciousness: “A two-ness. A self that is Black and a self that is American”. Why might Black people feel this way?
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Though published as a book for young people, how do readers of all ages benefit from Stamped?
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What surprised you in this book? What angered you or made you sad? What other emotions did you experience while reading?
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After finishing the book, how do you feel about the history of racism? What habits and actions can you implement to promote antiracism?

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