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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  35,977 ratings  ·  5,667 reviews
A remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning for ages 12 and up.

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
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Pernille Ripp It is written in a way that is stunningly accessible to youth, it takes the work of Dr. Kendi and breaks it down without losing the essence of the his…moreIt is written in a way that is stunningly accessible to youth, it takes the work of Dr. Kendi and breaks it down without losing the essence of the history or the thread. It is audaciously well done.(less)
Laura Either way would work. I read most of the original before starting the Remix with my 11 year old. Now I’ve finished the Remix and still have the Angel…moreEither way would work. I read most of the original before starting the Remix with my 11 year old. Now I’ve finished the Remix and still have the Angela Davis section to go in the original. It depends on whether you want a wholistic preview before you dive into details, or if you want a quick refresher after you’ve completed the tome.(less)

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Emily May
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana
Shelves: nonfiction, 2020
There was no science to prove any of this. But who needs science when you have racism?

This should be required reading in all American schools. Kids need to know and understand this history (even if the author is quick to tell you it's "not a history book"). It really is absolutely essential. And Reynolds's adaptation is a very accessible, very necessary overview of 500+ years of racism and antiracism in the United States. Now I'm thinking I need to get my hands on Kendi's Stamped from the Be
Mario the lone bookwolf
Big History at its best, it´s showing the important connection between past atrocities and current systems, between old ideologies and their new, subtle, dishonest disguises. Just because something isn´t easy to spot as a malady from the past doesn´t mean that it´s cured, that society is vaccinated, that it´s not a hidden plague still metastasizing, mutating to new forms, evolving to a more politically correct chimera level. Not just the weird ideology mixups of old and new extremist groups, but ...more
if you take one recommendation from me this year, let it be this one.

everyone should read this book.

this is one of my favorite books of 2020. find the full list:
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“If we understand how the tree works, how the trunk and roots are where the power lies, and how gravity is on our side, we can attack it, each of us with small axes, and change the face of the forest. So let’s learn all there is to know about the tree of racism. The root. The fruit. The sap and trunk. The nests built over time, the changing leaves. That way, your generation can finally, actively chop it down.”

This was a reworking of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped From the Beginning, told in a way
“Turned out, freedom in America was like quicksand. It looked solid until a Black person tried to stand on it. Then it became clear that it was a sinkhole.”

Amongst all the anti-racist literature that is out there, this is one of the ones that needs to be heard, listened to and read and understood.

It was simultaneously empowering and exhausting to listen to. Props to Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi and the production team for bringing this book to life.

This is a condensed, YA version of Ibra
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ibram X. Kendi's book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America was released in 2016.

Kendi, a Boston University Professor and founder of the BU Center for Antiracist Research, was awarded the National Book Award in nonfiction for the title. It's also close to 600-pages by a man who can certainly run intellectual circles around me. For that fact alone, I find it intimidating.

Luckily for me, and a lot of other Readers, Kendi decided he wanted to find someone who
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
I hope this book is put into the hands of every teen in this country, so that it can at least somewhat counteract the white-colored "history" they learn in schools. This work isn't trying to be objective or neutral or to be a history book. It's a call to all of us to face the centuries of racism in the US, and once and for all become anti-racist. Adapted by Jason Reynolds from Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. I appreciated the compl ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
“There will come a time when we will love humanity, when we will gain the courage to fight for an equitable society for our beloved humanity, knowing, intelligently, that when we fight for humanity, we are fighting for ourselves.”

This was absolutely phenomenal. I haven't read the original by Ibram X. Kendi yet, but I certainly plan to after listening to Jason Reynolds' magnificent YA re-working of it. I don't know how much this book will help educate many of the Black individuals in my live
Johann (jobis89)
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“But the thing about being Black is that just being can bring bloodshed.”

Stamped is a fantastic starting point for anyone looking to learn more about the history of racism within America. It’s a remix of the comprehensive book Stamped From the Beginning, meaning that the book has been condensed and made more accessible for a younger audience. I fully intend to go back and read Stamped From the Beginning, but this one gave me the foundation I really needed.

To put it bluntly - this book blew my mi
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
What a brilliant man Ibram X. Kendi is. His comprehensive historical, sociological, political, biographical "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America," which won the National Book Award, is a professorial tome. Kendi is a distinguished academic. You don't have to buy into all of his ideas to admire this or any of his work, but it pays to wrestle with them. "Stamped..." covers the history of black people in America via copious cited research, covering complex ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is not a history book but one about race and how racist ideas evolved and persisted. It’s a condensed version of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning.

In Stamped the remix Jason Reynolds does a great job providing important information in an accessible format. It was easy to read, in a conversational style, though of course much of it infuriating to read about. Everyone can gain something from this — The War on Drugs was just one of many new things
Teresa Dunivent
I will need to reread this one and think some more about the ideas and facts presented. As an educator, I am not happy with the tone used towards all “whites” and am afraid it will create more tension and hatred instead of open up conversations for discussion. I love Jason Reynold’s writing, and he lives up to his reputation here. He is still one of my favorite writers to use to teach author’s craft and verbal discourse around tough topics. I enjoyed all the history presented and love the voice ...more
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, nonfiction
An absolute must-read/must-listen.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jason Reynold’s magic is on every page, transforming Ibram Kendi’s work into an accessible volume for youth. For all libraries Grade 7+.
Liza Wiemer
A thousand⭐️s. Wow. It's a must for every adult. It needs to be taught in history classes in every U.S. school as part of the curriculum. It's important. Critical. Don't wait! Read this book! Share this book!

STAMPED has the power to change false perceptions of race, crush lies, and bring about important change in laws that continue to promote racism and other forms of hate. BUT, that means we need to take positive action. Don’t wait! Start by reading this book. Share this book!

It's impactful to
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have listened to this in audio about three times, and each time, I glean a little bit more on this must read! It was a quick listen, and I ordered the paperback of this as well as Stamped from the Beginning to continue my education about history and the root of systemic racism that permeates every aspect of our lives.

The narration by Jason Reynolds was phenomenal and truly exceptional. His delivery made this powerful book more impactful and yet easy to listen to and understand, perfect for ou
Molly Dettmann
I listened to the audiobook courtesy of and all I can say is, dang, I would listen to Jason Reynolds read the phone book.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic YA version of Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

I was fortunate enough to do a signing with Jason Reynolds in Winston-Salem a couple of years ago, and honestly, I was in awe. Afterward I went and spoke at a book club luncheon and Jason went to speak at 3-4 schools. He's a busy guy doing important work, with an uncanny ability to telegraph serious, complex information about race to teens in a way th
Aoife - Bookish_Babbling
A history book that's not a history book perfectly describes this digestible read. Reynolds has crafted a bitesize portion to whet the appetites for further discoveries.
Hopefully in the near future, I can pick up Ibram X Kendi's full version and as much reading material on Angela Davis as I can - I need to know so much more about her!

I listened to the audio version which was really well done including interesting asides & pauses in the storytelling to check in and keep the listener and narrator
Rachel Reads Ravenously
I love Jason Reynolds. His words have such power. When I first heard of this book, I had never heard of the one it was based off of. I read the remix first, and when my hold on the audiobook of Kendi’s novel becomes available I intend to listen to that one. I think what’s great about this book is it reads like Reynolds is having a conversation with you. It also reminds me of that one teacher in high school or professor in college you loved listening to. It’s compelling, informative, shocking, an ...more
Betsy Robinson
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a YA edition of a much longer book that I meant to buy, but I made a mistake. I'm glad I did because this is extraordinary. I'm 69 years old and I can only imagine how the world might be different if this had been in the school curriculum when I was in junior high.

At only one-quarter of the way through, I'm going to review this now in order to say to all my friends with teenage kids, buy this book! And read it yourselves. Or read it with your teenagers.

I'm having many reactions to what I
Pernille Ripp
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Still reeling after finishing this advanced review copy written by Jason Reynolds and based on the work of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. I finished it and immediately wanted to start it again as I knew each read will offer up new knowledge. To see the history of racism wrapped up like this is sheer brilliance, necessary and audacious. Every person, teens and adults, should read this book, discuss this book and jump into action. This is the most important book I have read this year.
Oct 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I’m amazed at the widespread thought that this should be required reading for high school students. Unless the reader is equipped with a background in actual history to identify when revisionist history is presented, I fear they could see it all as fact. In fairness the author does many times say “this isn’t a history book.” I took that as it’s not the intent of the book to be primarily a history book. Perhaps he really did mean it would be his revisionist history to fit a narrative.

The author c
Sean Blevins
In all, fine. It's useful, largely as the one thing it claims not to be, lol. But in the effort to be accessible to a younger audience it may have unnecessarily foregone some of the intellectual rigor it would have been better to retain.

I think the ideas on which this book is based, Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped From the Beginning, are important and I'm glad Reynolds' adaptation exposed me to them. I just had problems with how Reynolds adapted it.

Three things that gave me pause about Reynolds' remix:
Jordan (Jordy’s Book Club)
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
QUICK-ISH TAKE: I can’t begin to tell you how educational, eye-opening, inspiring, and infuriating it has been reading this book(s) over the last month. If it isn’t on your radar yet, it’s a must-read. I listened to the Remix edition on audio (Jason Reynold’s narration is incredible), and then used the original text to help expand upon critical ideas and theories, events and historical figures. Not only is the book an important resource, but it’s led to a lot of complex and engaging conversation ...more
Krista Regester
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We can't attack a thing we don't know. That's dangerous. And...foolish. It would be like trying to chop down a tree from the top of it. If we understand how the tree works, how the trunk and roots are where the power lies, and how gravity is on our side, we can attack it, each of us with small axes, and change the face of the the forest. ...more
Stamped from the Beginning has been on my tbr since a long time, but as someone who tries to read a lot of books to escape reality (and the real world in general), I’m not always good at catching up with the important nonfiction books that bring light to the ugly truths that exist in our world. But attending a talk and getting to listen to Dr. Kendi speak in such close quarters was truly eye opening and I knew that I had to read his book soon. But then came the announcement of this remix version ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*4.5 stars*

A powerful and brisk history of racism in America and beyond.

My local community is doing a township-wide read of books about racism, and this was the first selection. To be honest, if I had read this book a couple of years ago, I would have been much more shocked by it's contents. I have since educated myself on a lot of aspects of history that my formal education did not touch upon. After reading Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, I just f
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
I listened to the audiobook for Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, which was narrated by Reynolds himself. And I don't know about anyone else, but listening to this felt like I was learning about American history from a big brother.

- In this not-a-history-book, Reynolds explores the racism in America, how it manifested, grew, took root into American institution, and how it pervades across daily life today.
- Told chronologically, this may not be a history book, but it does outline key events
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020, library
This was nothing short of amazing. I’ve heard so many great things about Jason Reynolds and couldn’t resist when it was readily available at the library. {I must have grabbed it at the right time because there are now 21 people waiting for the copy I just finished.}

I really loved the conversational tone to this book. Jason skillfully takes dates and facts and turns them into something more palatable than just reciting them chronologically. It goes without saying that there are some heartbreaking
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