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Prof. Ibram X. Kendi: On The History of Racist Ideas in America

This is a production by the National History Center in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program in Washington D.C. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi chronicles the entire history of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Contrary to popular conceptions, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were devised and honed by some of the most brilliant minds of each era. These intellectuals used their brilliance to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial disparities in everything from wealth to health. And while racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Dr. Kendi offers us the tools we need to expose them--and in the process, gives us reason to hope. Dr. Ibram X Kendi is a Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the AntiRacist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is a New York Times Best Seller, a National Book Award Recepient, and has written many essays including for The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Darnell L. Moore - On Rethinking Gender and Sexuality | The Daily Show

Darnell L. Moore is an American writer and activist whose work is informed by anti-racist, feminist, queer of color, and anti-colonial thought and advocacy. In this video Moore discusses the challenges of growing up black and gay in America, and the horrors brought by toxic masculinity. Moore's essays, social commentary, poetry, and interviews have appeared in various national and international media venues, including the Feminist Wire, Ebony magazine, and The Huffington Post.

Allan G Johnson on The Gender Knot: Privilege, Power, and Difference

Dr. Johnson has worked on issues of privilege, oppression, and social inequality since receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. He has authored a number of books, including “The Gender Knot: Unvraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy (1997); The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice and Promise (1997), and “The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology.”
Program host Scott Fedale will be interviewing Dr. Johnson about his latest book, “Privilege, Power, and Difference” in which he teaches us how to think critically about inequality and oppression without getting mired in guilt or despair

Allan Johnson: Privilege, Power and Difference 2nd Interview

Dr. Johnson has worked on issues of privilege, oppression, and social inequality since receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. He has authored a number of books, including “The Gender Knot: Unvraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy (1997); The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice and Promise (1997), and “The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology.”
Program host Scott Fedale will be interviewing Dr. Johnson about his latest book, “Privilege, Power, and Difference” in which he teaches us how to think critically about inequality and oppression without getting mired in guilt or despair