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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning
Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
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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 we are.
A book about race.

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 listeners can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

©2020 Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (P)2020 Little, Brown Young Readers

What the critics say

An "engrossing and relentless intellectual history of prejudice in America...The greatest service Kendi [provides] is the ruthless prosecution of American ideas about race for their tensions, contradictions and unintended consequences." (Washington Post)

What listeners say about Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

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The alternate history book

A reach back in to history to show how social constructs support and promote racism in America today. Read by the author, in a colloquial story telling tone, it reveals how racism perpetuates in society today and call the reader to action to Love All. Powerful. Educational. Eye opening. Loved it.

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Phenomenal, a must read.

This non-history book, history book is a must read for everyone. Listen, sit with the words, then go out and change the world around you.

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I am now more in tuned with my blackness

Thank you for clarify so much history. it was painful to go through but it was needed. Sending you so much love ✊🏿♥️

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A great eye-opener!

This book should be in all high schools. It’s powerful, articulate, informative and very assessable. It rewrites history. The message is very clear, and Jason Reynolds’ interpretation of Ibram X Kendi’s original work ‘Stamped from the Beginning’ delivers the message in the simplest, clearest way possible...for such a dense topic. I am listening to this book as a segue into Kendi’s original book, which is much more dense.

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Much to learn but a great place to start

Excellent narration and a compelling narrative. I really enjoyed the pacing. It claims to be a non-history history book and does a great job of that.

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Thank you for sharing your passion.

thanks for your teaching from a historical perspective. Thank you for your power to educate through sensibilisation processes.

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The True History Not Formerly Taught In School

Fantastic book Finished listening to it in a day. Quick paced Powerful Educational!!!!!! Highly recommend Jason Reynolds has a lovely voice. Be sure to listen to the acknowledgements right thru to the end.

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One of the most eye opening books on racisms history

Check my own unconscious bias This book is a great read, full of the history of racism and how it still seeps into our own open minded ideas of the world. There is hidden and obvious racist ideas in nearly every every idea about race. I want more of this book I want to change my own mind, my child’s mind and ever mind I meet Thank you for this education.

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informative and entertaining

Racism, anti-racism and history but not a history book that is entertaining and informative. A great overview of some of the racist history affecting the USA.

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Does an amazing job on leading you on the journey

Finished it in a day, the performance was stellar because the narrators voice was enjoyable to listen to.

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  • 2020-06-14

You can't fight what you don't know-Jason Reynolds

I'm a 54 yr old white woman. After reading How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi I wanted to read this book before I read Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi because I know that there is so much I don't know. White privilege has given me that luxury. I am trying to strip it away. I recommend this and all the books I've mentioned here as a comprehensive place to start.

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  • Adri
  • 2020-06-03

Informative but not clinical

The book is an easy listen. The vernacular of the book and the cadence of the narrator made listening to this book like sitting in my living room listening to my dad, uncles, cousins, and friends discuss the history systemic racism. I would recommend this book to readers of from middle school and up. Those new on their journey of understanding all and those a firmly on their journey still seeking to fill in holes of how certain things came to be. I laughed, cringed, amen'd, teared up, smiled and so forth. Definitely a book I shall recommend.

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  • Hannah
  • 2020-05-29

Incredible. You MUST listen to this. Get learnt.

"Hatred has a way of convincing us half-love is whole." The best, best "history" book I have ever had the honor of listening to. Thank you. I feel inspired to fight the good fight.

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  • Candyce Allen
  • 2020-05-14

Best Not History, History book I have ever read!

I read this book in one day and then added it to my curriculum. This book provides a funny, relatable, refreshing, clear view on historical events that have impacted racism and the racist ideologies that are deeply engrained in American and European history. I loved the humor and the tactful and graceful telling of the truth and the lives of those who championed against racism in different ways. It is comprehensive and real. 5 stars!

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  • DaniD
  • 2020-05-28

this book should be in every history class

I'm looking into getting a class set. The engaging and truthful way you tell this story will draw out students into real and in-depth discussions around race. Thank you for writing this!

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  • Jay
  • 2020-04-17

Exceptional!!!

Listening to JR deliver the in-depth "nonhistory" lesson was such a great experience. I'm pretty sure I didn't see my family for hours as I breathed in every word. I learned about black people who loved this land and this life and wanted the same things as we all do; peace of mind and the freedom to live and love as we choose without judgement or biases based on brown skin; black skin; white skin. The narrative depicted in the novel is entertaining and forthright; delivered by tenacious and thought provoking writers this is a must read for all people; not just those of color. I look forward to sharing this work with my students and colleagues.

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  • Mrs. D.
  • 2020-05-14

Prepare to be shaken!

A jarring look at racism: Its history and prevalence in today's world. Jason Reynolds is amazing. Listening to the Audible version is the best way to "read" the book. Now I'll go back and mark passages I want to share!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-13

Interesting book, notable statistical fallacy

Interesting book, but Kendi states a statistical fallacy in the introduction. "Black people are 5x more likely to be incarcerated than whites, I'm no math wiz, but if black people make up 13% of the US population, then black people should make up somewhere close to 13% of American's sitting in prisons." Because the US population is comprised of ~13% of blacks, that does not mean that black people should make up ~13% of American's sitting in prisons. See the following excerpt from chapter four in Discrimination and Disparities by Thomas Sowell to understand why. "Crime Statistics and Arrest Statistics - Some of the most gross distortions of reality through errors of omission have involved quite simple omissions. No one needs to be an expert on the complexities of statistical analysis in order to see through many statistical fallacies, including those based on simple omissions. But it does require stopping to think about the numbers, instead of being swept along by a combination of rhetoric and statistics. Statistics cited in support of claims that the police target blacks for arrests usually go no further than showing that the proportion of black people arrested greatly exceeds the roughly 13 percent of the American population who are black. If anyone were to use similar reasoning to claim that National Basketball Association (NBA) referees were racially biased, because the proportion of fouls that referees call against black players in the NBA greatly exceeds 13 percent, anyone familiar with the NBA would immediately see the fallacy—because the proportion of black players in the NBA greatly exceeds the proportion of blacks in the American population. Moreover, since blacks are especially over-represented among the star players in the NBA, the actual playing time of black players on the basketball court would be even more disproportionately higher, since it is the players on the court who get cited for fouls more so than secondary players sitting on the bench. What would be relevant to testing the hypothesis that blacks are disproportionately targeted for arrest by the police, or disproportionately convicted and sentenced by courts, would be objective data on the proportions of particular violations of the law committed by blacks, compared to the proportions of blacks arrested, convicted and sentenced for those particular violations. Such objective data are not always easy to come by, since data reflecting actions by the police would hardly be considered valid as a test of whether the actions of the police were warranted. However, there are some particular statistics that are both relevant and independent of the actions of the police. The most reliable and objective crime statistics are statistics on homicides, since a dead body can hardly be ignored, regardless of the race of the victim. For as long as homicide statistics have been kept in the United States, the proportion of homicide victims who are black has been some multiple of the proportion of blacks in the population. Moreover, the vast majority of those homicide victims whose killers have been identified were killed by other blacks, just as most white homicide victims were killed by other whites. Since the homicide rate among blacks is some multiple of the homicide rate among whites, it is hardly surprising that the arrest rate of blacks for homicide is also some multiple of the rate of homicide arrests among whites. What is relevant in such statistical comparisons is not the proportion of blacks in the general population, but the proportion of blacks among people who commit a particular crime." Once again, interesting book. But I would encourage Kendi and Reynolds to read Discrimination and Disparities by Thomas Sowell and ultimately remove this statistical fallacy from their book.

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  • Brenda Wright
  • 2020-04-23

Excellence

Phenomenal, informative, enlightening. Narrator was excellent and real. He made me want to listen

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  • LoveChild
  • 2020-05-15

Wow!

A must read for every human being. The reading of the text by Reynolds is phenomenal. The facts are presented in a way that is easy to understand, especially for younger readers. The way to in which the text is organized adds to its impact and readability. Empowering, thought-provoking, maddening and uplifting. If you no longer want to walk around with blinders, please read.

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