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Ibram X. Kendi, Prophet of Anti-racism

Ibram X. Kendi (Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images)
He says we must fight discrimination with discrimination, and that it’s racist to disagree

It is a measure of how deeply our culture is fragmented that some of the best-read people in the country have never heard of Ibram X. Kendi. Most Wall Street Journal readers would probably have to Google him. But Kendi now has four books at or near the top of the best-seller lists, including Stamped from the Beginning, which is a history of American racism that won the National Book Award in 2016, and two books on racism for younger readers. Racism is Kendi’s thing. His newest, How to Be an Antiracist, reappeared at the top of the New York

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This article appears as “The Prophet of Anti-racism” in the August 10, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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Christopher Caldwell — Mr. Caldwell is a contributing editor of the Claremont Review of Books and the author of The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties

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