This is an amazing book to add to your antiracist library. Written for young adults, this book is wonderfully comprehensive and perfect for a classroom setting. Empower young people with the knowledge of their history to forge an antiracist future. Recommended By Rin S., Powells.com
Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi call Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You a remix of Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped From the Beginning. (In a presentation to booksellers this winter, the authors called Stamped "Junior" and Stamped From the Beginning "Senior." During that discussion, Reynolds also acknowledged that he initially didn't know if he was the right person to translate Kendi's work for a younger audience; reading Stamped, it is abundantly clear that he was the perfect author for the job.) Stamped is written with a young adult audience in mind, but could easily be read by anyone looking for a clear, thorough, engaging guide to antiracism. Reynolds and Kendi have created a gripping, page-turning, extraordinarily important work that I hope is read by every teenager in the US as a way to understand both our history and our present, and to actively work against racism in policies, everyday life, and themselves. Recommended By Jill O., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
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 readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.
"Readers who want to truly understand how deeply embedded racism is in the very fabric of the U.S., its history, and its systems will come away educated and enlightened. Worthy of inclusion in every home and in curricula and libraries everywhere."
Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"The R-word: Racism. Some tuck tail and run from it. Others say it's no longer a thing. But Dr. Kendi breaks it down, and Jason Reynolds makes it easy to understand....This book will change everything." Nic Stone, bestselling author of Dear Martin
"This unapologetic telling of the history of racism in our nation is refreshingly simple and deeply profound. This is the history book I needed as a teen." Renée Watson, New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of Piecing Me Together
"An amazingly timely and stunningly accessible manifesto for young people....Stamped is the book I wish I had as a young person and am so grateful my own children have now."
Jacqueline Woodson, bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming
About the Author
Jason Reynolds is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Long Way Down, and Look Both Ways. He is a National Book Award finalist; the recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and multiple Coretta Scott King Honors; and the winner of a Kirkus Prize, two Walter Dean Myers Awards, and an NAACP Image Award, among other honors. He lives in Washington, D.C and invites you to visit him online at JasonWritesBooks.com.
Ibram X. Kendi is the New York Times bestselling author of Stamped from the Beginning, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and How to be an Antiracist. He is a professor of history and international relations and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. One of America's leading antiracist voices and a frequent public speaker, Dr. Kendi is also a columnist at The Atlantic. He lives with his family in Washington, D.C. He invites you to visit him online at IbramXKendi.com.