Dr. Ibram X. Kendi: Creating A More Equitable Society Is In White Americans’ Self Interest

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Published on June 26, 2020

The best selling author of “How To Be An Antiracist” and “Antiracist Baby,” Dr. Ibram X. Kendi joins Stephen Colbert to discuss what it takes to call one’s self antiracist, and how he believes it’s in everyone’s interest to end the racist policies that cause inequality in this country. #StephenAtHome #IbramXKendi #Antiracist

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  • Robert Adams 2 months ago

    Actually the slave trade started LONG before the white man ever got to Africa based on one ethnic or religious group feeling they had a right to own their lesser counterparts and if to hook at Africa today it’s not exactly an example of racial harmony. The truth of racism is disgusting but the attitude that everything bad that happens to a black person is racist and the fault of the white man is an intentional misrepresentation of the truth and the white people who actually support the cause rather than trying to cover their “white shame” hear it and stop being supportive. We need to be honest and come together on equal ground if we ever want EQUALITY. Sorry for the rant

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  • mm KAY 2 months ago

    I know being anti rascist is first grade. I have a massive problem with being anti-social actually it has to do with trust and not wanting to gossip or be apart of any political movement for fear of unwanted social gain and unwanted labeling. I feel like the more i socialise the more my trust in people gets less. For some one like me who is not lonely and reliant on people all it takes is for someone to treat me with minimal respect for me to respect them.The second anyone does not respect you wait and ask yourself does this dis-respectful person deserve a response? The next time some one is racist or sexist or demeaning in general just look them in the eye and say nothing or “i dont know what to say” if they demand an answer one of the wisest thoughts at the beginning of any thought is the wisdom that (you know that you know not everything) too many people in this country have set troll opinions on race and politics like bear traps and banana peels they want a reaction and they want you off guard to burp out some kind of approval and they will cream their pants if you disagree.
    its better for them to hear themselves in an already one sided conversation- heres an example boss says take off your mask to talk….look at them dont say anything…wait for the next thing….leave emotion out of the reactionist…i could go all day about why he should wear a mask…but instead i will repeat louder not harshly not tonely and he will learn to listen

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  • All For One&One For All 2 months ago

    I studied at the St.George campus of the University of Toronto, i have a Doctorate in Anthropology, and a masters in Archeology; with a focus of Tribal movements across Western Europe from the Neolithic to the Medieval, and i can tell you with ABSOLUTE certainty, that Racism is not a new concept.
    America right now seems to be focused on about the past 400 years give or take, but doing so is not only incredibly disingenuous, but ignorant of nearly 12,000 years of Human civilization.

    Every Race, Ethnicity, culture, or system of belief has at some point been enslaved, subjugated, colonized, or destroyed by another; Tribal warfare has always been a thing.

    So to say that the concept of racism began with European colonialism is not only insulting your own intelligence, but is a completely racist statement in itself; Discrimination, racism, and prejudice is a slippery slope argument, one in which you’re magically stopping the boulder at white people.

    Tell me Doctor; have you stopped to check your internalized biases? Are you “Not racist”? Or are you “anti-racist”? We’re all human right? And those biases are subconscious, inherent, and intrinsic right? Or are you a pure soul? Removed from all the faults that plague the rest of humanity? Do you have no sins to bare? Doubtful.

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  • Andriana Ferguson 2 months ago

    Literally just finished reading his book and it’s absolutely amazing. Not only is it informative, it’s really a beautifully written book and his story is so moving.

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  • Mike Tython 2 months ago

    Dr. Ashy

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  • Kind of Smooth 2 months ago

    Racism hurts.

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  • EyeSeaRedrum 2 months ago

    The “White” House.

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  • Milissa Jagers 2 months ago

    That was awesome. Thanks so much for the explanation, I am going to have my kids watch this.

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  • Dylan Garcia 2 months ago

    Not racist people just sit around while anti racist are the activist trying to fix the problem instead of just watching it but racism and systemic racism is gone and were just still have some echoes of the past in which the system caused the majority of black people to be born in poverty and that is the problem because in this system being poor is a black hole that is very hard to get out of that situation your born in due to the system like for example poor people will pay $25000 for a car that a wealthy person will pay $20000 for even though they are on the same 5 year plan so poor people have to pay more then people with money. Now I get if your credit is bad you are more of a risk and due to that you are charged a higher down payment and higher monthly payment wich makes sense but since they are paying more then they should end up paying it off much quicker then 5 years but even with higher rates they still get stuck paying the high rates for 5 years while the rich pay alot less during that five year period and this is just one of many systems set up to keep the rich rich and the poor poor working there ass off just for the basics never getting much of a chance to move up. If you dont have money to pay a bill then add fees and expect you to pay more even though you didnt have the money to pay the base amount which traps you in a unending debt. Yes it is possible to get out but if you are not born that smart due to genetics they are screwed

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  • Ma Thi 2 months ago

    I find it very inspiring, how very serious and very hopeful Dr. Kendi is at the same time.

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  • Randomly In accurate 2 months ago

    So this guy is the Catholic Church of race. Everyone’s a sinner, even if they don’t know it, but salvation is on hand.

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  • Nancy Crompton 2 months ago

    forcing others, oppressing and terrorizing others into doing the most difficult jobs on Earth is JUST PLAIN EVIL. Why are we even discussing this anymore? EDUCATE the ignorant who refuse to examine their own humanity.

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  • Stephen Cotton 2 months ago

    They had a study – having white and African american and Asian children – they had them chose dolls to play with, showed them pictures etc. And they all understood race. And the majority of them identified light colored skin as good and dark colored skin as bad. Even African American children showed a preference to light colored skin. So I think teaching children about race and how to be anti racist would be a positive thing. Start young. I too had language that I used as a child and quickly questioned when I entered university. I wish my parents had started that when I was a child. It is something I am going to do with my own children, as the society is influencing their think in ways I may not be aware.Never too late to start and never too early to start. Start now. Start today.

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  • Simon Greenaway 2 months ago

    Centrists talk a lot but they’re great at not doing anything. Complacent.

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  • Rose Harvey 2 months ago

    There has to be the possibility of change or there is no point thinking things should be done differently. The history of society shows change is possible, so the only issue is do people want change?

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  • D H 2 months ago

    😂Hey wait isn’t that Ben Carson in disguise😂

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  • Nona Boccalupo 2 months ago

    Ignorance of white privilege often gets labeled as racist.

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  • Blind Parallax 2 months ago

    This is really interesting, I have never heard the term “anti-racist”. I absolutely agree, it is really difficult to recognize and actively work against your biases (especially when everyone around you doesn’t). I will admit that when the BLM movement first emerged, I didn’t fully understand it and even said “all lives matter”. Until I listened and understood why you really shouldn’t say that and now I wholeheartedly support BLM. It is hard to admit you’re wrong, even harder to change your opinion. But that is the only way to any real change. And I do believe that most everyone is capable of change.
    Children might not be colorblind, but hate is learned.

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  • matthew reed 2 months ago

    Shelby Steele has some interesting things to say as well in “ white guilt”

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  • Bilbo Faggins 2 months ago

    Equity of oppurtunity or outcome?

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  • Shadow IV 2 months ago

    “I’m not racist” is usually followed by “I have “x” number of black friends”.

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  • Daniel Gonzalez 2 months ago

    #DefundTheOligarchy
    https://youtu.be/BqEI8glhMGc

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  • Ricardo Almeida 2 months ago

    The story of Duke’s grandson is why the conservative right is so afraid of education. Why the intellectuals and academics are the first ones to go when fascists get hold of power. The greatest enemy of racism is not antifa, Soros or any other conspiracy by-product: its education. More than that, its knowledge and experience. College campus are vital to destroy this type of dogmatic brainwashing mainly because they are fundamentally inclusive places. No racist survives a semester where he/she has to work and interact with a myriad of other students from all sorts of cultures and backgrounds. Either the racist implodes (which happens too sometimes) or his humanity gets the upper hand over decades of ingrained falsehoods, like the example mentioned. Either way conservativism always loses and that’s why these characters hate academia so much.

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  • bwh32 2 months ago

    Dr Ibram X. One comment really hits home, white Americans need to examine what they have to gain by living in a more fair an equitable society. There is more to gain than lose.

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  • DILLIGAF Bro 2 months ago

    Isn’t Sean King working on it?

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  • Daniel Schulman 2 months ago

    an important perspective on some of kendi’s ideas . . . . https://www.city-journal.org/how-to-be-an-antiracist

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  • Molly Smith 2 months ago

    I love you Stephen. Watch you every day. Why do you have double bags under your eyes? Share that.

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  • Fregoli Delusion 2 months ago

    Can I find his book under the white guilt section at my local library?

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  • Get Real 2 months ago

    If we go after pedophiles who rape children then we also have to go after racists who rape the minds of their children and find them new parents before they weaponize their children to break this vicious circle of institutionalized racism in this nation.
    If people find this too harsh let me remind you that people loose their children for much less drastic situations.
    But protecting EVERYthing with the deadbeat argument ‘free speech’ is irresponsible as free speech without ANY rules is anarchy.

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  • Nate Knows 2 months ago

    Dr. Kendi is brilliant.

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  • Karen Jenkins 2 months ago

    Colourism was around before the wave of African slavery. Darkness has always been seen as something to fear as wild and thus not civilised not intelligent. Even within “white” citizenship.

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  • Bluntfrunt AC 2 months ago

    Wow isn’t thinking white people are all racist a racist thing to do? I mean how do you know what thought someone has in their head? I mean the thought is what makes racism. I’m not talking about systemic racism. I mean pretend Jesus was white. Now pretend Jesus was perfect. Now pretend Jesus lives in America is he racist? Now I’m not saying I’m Jesus but this guy has no idea what’s been in my mind this whole time I’ve been alive. What if my only thought I ever have is food, sleep, girlfriends? I didn’t see the racism in there. Racism has always stood to me as a person believing they are superior of others because of race. Now if a person doesn’t believe that in their thoughts, are they racist? Are you telling me white people cannot look at other people as people? As equal people? As people of the same species? As the same humanity? O shit I’m in denial. Lol humans are funny. Gotta love them.

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  • Bluntfrunt AC 2 months ago

    But yeah if you’re racist share it with your fellow man. Maybe that’s what every person should do with their demons. Speak about your demons, bringing them to the light, then something magical seems to happen. Idk. It’s all been done before. We are only humans right? God bless Buddha.

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  • Bluntfrunt AC 2 months ago

    Love the idea about a safety net. Why are Americans so against helping our own? They yelled socialist as they scream do not touch my social security. They scream no more tax as they cry that they can’t go to the doctor. How much am I willing to sacrifice for others? I guess non unless that other is me. America seems so full of themselves. I’m so selfish in so many ways. I am human. Can you imagine waking up tomorrow and everyone wasn’t thinking about themselves but rather us as a whole. Idk that would be crazy. Maybe tomorrow 😁

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  • Greg B. 2 months ago

    Dr. Kendi is a dedicated scholar, persistently taking the attitude of the teacher.

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  • Bay View 2 months ago

    SORRY, Elitism came before the self interest. The Episcopal writings invented elitism, above all, judging on earth, which lead to the ability to see opportunity in the economics of slavery. The elitism written into the Episcopal church and then our government invented racism and slavery.
    Antiracism is in everyone’s favor. Entire races denied participation in the financial markets and not able to contribute to the growth. It’s fear that continues to feed the idea that if others do well, you will do less well. We know now in history that as each of us improves, so does our entire society.

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  • mike nedelcu 2 months ago

    People gave this thumbs down?! Hahahah what ??????

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  • Jorge Figueiredo 2 months ago

    I can honestly say that being antiracist, antihomophobic, feminist and humanis,t is a big part of what i am, a white straight male european.

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  • Brian Price 2 months ago

    Honest question, I am walking down a DC street. There are four black men acting a fool IE disrespecting all of those around them.
    I am white. Do I say something? I want these conversations to continue. All respect, I will respect. Lets work

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  • Noel Down 2 months ago

    Dr. Kendi “Racism is a modern idea that really stems from the enslavement and slave trade.”
    Jews, whose ancestors were expelled from Spain the same year that America was discovered – surprised Pikachu face.

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