Racism, Antiracism, and You

A reimagining of Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning, this book tells the story of racist ideas through history in a conversational style that can be understood by both teens and adults. Stamped is a history book that is "NOT a history book," that gets to the discussion of race and why we are where we are.

320 pages. ©2020.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted December 8, 2022


Wow, thank you Jason Reynolds for clearly putting into perspective our countries history of racism. I read this book with my 11 year old daughter and although she didn’t understand all of the political explanations and people, I was still able to help guide her along the way. Stamped is a great interpretation of how racism has been systemically embedded into our society. I learned so much and I cannot wait to read Stamped from the beginning.


Review posted November 22, 2022


This is a phenomenal remix of one the most profound books I've ever read. It is informative and accessible. I recommend for anti-racists of all ages.


Review posted October 7, 2022


Great Read. Especially for our current climate.


Review posted September 28, 2022


love how this is targeted towards younger readers. kept my attention and I was able to share in my antiracist curriculum.


Review posted September 18, 2022


This book was eye opening, I loved how it took you through history from a new lens, a side we are not taught at school, and it was actually engaging.


Review posted September 4, 2022


Great book, easy to read because it captured my attention


Review posted August 15, 2022


Amazing history of racism and antiracism. Listened to part of it as an audiobook, read by Jason Reynolds, which I recommend. Many things I knew, but woven together in a cohesive narrative. Should be required reading in schools.


Review posted June 16, 2022


An approachable telling of the history of racism in the United States. Reynolds uses a modern language that speaks to and is welcoming to a teen audience. He talks in depth about three groups of people: segregationists, assimilationists, and anti-racists and how these terms are alive today.


Review posted June 11, 2022


Engaging, informative and an excellent read for adolescents and adults.


Review posted June 7, 2022


Informative narrative that shed light on history that I didn't yet should have known. Recommended reading


Review posted May 23, 2022


This was full of informative historical information that I’d never heard before. So important, captivating, and shocking, but shouldn’t be shocking if accurate history were to be taught more readily!


Review posted April 4, 2022


This book is an engaging read with a distinct voice. It takes the complex topic of race and presents the context and development throughout history, but in a very comprehensible way for a young audience. I enjoyed the personality in the book and the valuable information it provided. I want to read "Stamped: From the Beginning" now.


Review posted March 21, 2022


A great start place for old and young alike—great for our middle school students!


Review posted March 10, 2022


Excellent read and important resource for teaching tolerance.


Review posted February 8, 2022


While not a history book it is such a unique book that recounts the origins of racist ideas. A really unique and engaging writing style had me hooked. A rather short and easy read I highly recommend this book.


Review posted January 27, 2022


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is an enlightening and empowering book for those on the journey to learn the impact of racism at an individual and societal level. The book will help explain history in an intriguing and engulfing manner to help understand how racism began and continues to this day. This book is an incredible source to simultaneously help those individuals become antiracist, improve their racial identities, and learn ways in which we can help in creating change to stop racism from continuing to have the harmful impact that it currently does personally and in our society.


Review posted January 21, 2022


This is a fantastic book for information and readability. Short chapters in a voice accessible to most make this a solid book to learn from and to share. Racism and antiracism should be required learning for all ages and Reynold and Kendi provide this in their text, STAMPED.


Review posted December 19, 2021


Great to have this book. A quick read but vital and chalk full of information. Great for all ages


Review posted December 7, 2021


This is such an important book


Review posted December 4, 2021


After having read Kendi's work I was skeptical that this work would offer anything more. I was pleasantly surprised by Reynold's remix. I highly recommend both books. Usually, I would recommend that one work be read before the other, but this is a truly unique situation where both works are moving, insightful and only complement one another.


Review posted December 1, 2021


I am currently halfway through the book as I really want to sit with the information. The book has allowed me to truly reflect on my own role and impacts that I can have on others when talking about racism, bias, and where I fit in to be an advocate for antiracism and anti bias work.


Review posted November 11, 2021


This book gives a rich and detailed history of where racist ideas have come from as well as how they have endured. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn to identify the racist thoughts that precede and perpetuate inequity and racist violence.


Review posted September 29, 2021


I think many students AND adults can benefit from reading this book. Reynolds provides many concepts that make you think about race in America. I think this can answer many questions students may have surrounding the history of race.


Review posted September 23, 2021


This is what history books should include! So many words, powerful, moving, profound and even som humor.


Review posted August 23, 2021


Stamped is awesome! Totally readable, easy to digest and really puts history in a perspective I was never taught in school.

m theolass

Review posted August 11, 2021


this book is going to be passed on to some middle schoolers i know, really looking forward to the conversations that will ensue. easy to read with great points to explore, glad it was 'reimagined'.

Kate A. Wilkinson

Review posted July 20, 2021


Great book to include in social justice and equity curriculum and education for young people.


Review posted June 27, 2021


A must read. If you aren’t familiar with Jason Reynolds then this is a great entry way. His lyrical writing is so engaging. The importance of this book is tangible. Being able to digest the root of America’s racist past and present is essential.


Review posted June 23, 2021


Very good and informative


Review posted June 21, 2021


Now more than ever, this should be required reading in every U.S. History or American Literature class.


Review posted June 11, 2021


This was an interesting perspective on history. The author says several times during the book that this is not a history book. It truly is, just told from a different point of view. While there are still some things he shares that I am struggling with, he opened my eyes to seeing our history through a different lens and how what we have always learned can be seen differently from the perspective of a black person. There is always more than one way to see something. I appreciate that the author brought this viewpoint to light.


Review posted May 24, 2021


This is a fast and great read! All educators should read this as well and high school students.

kathy pecchioni graham

Review posted May 5, 2021


A very easy read for many ages. one of the most interesting "UNhistory" books I have read in a long time.


Review posted May 3, 2021


Very informative! Thanks!


Review posted April 6, 2021


Comprehensive, fast reading, poignant . I sobering history of the racist past through the centuries.


Review posted April 1, 2021


A book I wished I had read as young person, happy my Grandkids have this great resource to learn the unapologetic history of racism. Hopefully it will help to rewrite the white washed history books currently in use.


Review posted April 1, 2021


Definitely a book I think everyone should read. Racism is real and true, so we must face it and educate ourselves about the construct of race to dismantle the racist system. It is important to understand history so that it does not repeat itself. This book makes me hopeful for an antiracist future!


Review posted April 1, 2021


Though not a history book, this book taught me history I never learned in school. Interesting perspectives, Easy to read and though provoking. Now I want to read Stamped From the Beginning.


Review posted March 30, 2021


My second review....hoping both show up. This is fantastic and inspiring read. Kendi & Reynolds take history, the multi-layered reality of racism and its systemic foundation and they make it accessible. I loved Stamped because it offered powerful historical reminders and a lens through which to take a closer look at the underpinnings of key historical events and movements. I'm excited to read more from both of these authors! Highly recommend!


Review posted March 29, 2021


If you have read "Stamped from the Beginning", this is probably not the book for you as it does not add to or supplement the original work, but rather remixes the original to be more 'readable' (shorter, more engaging for a larger group, etc.). If you are looking for a more detailed history, read Stamped from the Beginning. If you are looking for a quicker read, with information that is easily shareable, or a book that you can share with people who would not be interested in a "history text" this might be the book for you. Kendi is an amazing author and Reynolds brings his message to the masses in a style that speaks to the reader rather than at the reader.


Review posted March 8, 2021


Excellent YA version of black history

Toby Abraham-Rhine

Review posted March 7, 2021


Fantastic, must read by everyone. We chose this as a book study for school counselors in our district. It has changed the way I speak with students, how I develop SEL curriculum., books I choose to use with my students and pictures and artwork that I incorporate into lessons. Powerful and tragic reality check, once again, into the historical and present problems in this nation.


Review posted March 5, 2021


Excellent book. It gives a different perspective on history, especially a few key players in US history. It empowers readers of all ages to take action beyond #hashtags and social media posts. It makes you want to learn more about the roots of racism.


Review posted March 4, 2021


This book should be required reading in schools. Goes into dept on using anti racist language. It dives into the long history of the racist past and gives us tools for moving to an anti-racist society.


Review posted February 27, 2021


This book should be in every classroom and every student should be able to have access to it. It shows the importance of history. It shows progress as well as the areas that haven't changed and need to be worked on through anti-racist practices.


Review posted February 27, 2021


Not quite the flow of a good book but still informative.


Review posted February 25, 2021


I highly recommend this book. It is an eye opener.


Review posted February 22, 2021


Excellent read on diversity and inclusion. It was easy to pick up and I enjoyed the author's perspective on racism and specifically the topic of ANTIracism. As a white woman and mother in her 40s, I am seeking increasing information on how to be an ally and proactive in the community. I recommend this book.


Review posted February 7, 2021


This book was AMAZING! I definitely recommend anyone and everyone read this book to learn about the ways racist ideas are woven throughout United States history. I gained a new perspective on how these ideas were developed, perpetuated, and (in many cases) left unresolved. As the author writes, it is "not a history book". It is very easy to follow and does a great job of balancing providing historical context and applying that context to our now. The author leaves the reader with a sense of urgency to act, a feeling of hope, and a starting point for change. Loved it!


Review posted January 27, 2021


I really enjoyed this book. It provided me with brief summaries of historic events and provided me with details of people I will spend time learning more about. This book was written for a young reader I am thinking middle school. I think this book would be a great book for middle school students. I would recommend this book to others.


Review posted January 26, 2021


What a wonderful, important book. I read this with my 13 year old and work with other youth who I think would get a lot out of it (as well as adults). I really appreciate Jason Reynolds' voice.


Review posted January 20, 2021


Yes! This is the book we all need right now. I am so grateful for the telling of racism in America. We think we are “educated” because we went to school but this is the history lesson we all need.


Review posted January 17, 2021


This book was a condensed but insightful dive into the racist history of the United States, how it began up until most recent events. Because it's revised for young adults, it's really easy to follow and understand. Heavy terms are described simply and in ways to not overwhelm or lose kids. I think that Chapter 7 is missing from the audiobook, though. It starts chapter 7 at the end of CD 1 and then CD2 immediately begins chapter 8.


Review posted December 30, 2020


Well written and and a quick read! Thought provoking as well, and gives a different perspective on history.


Review posted December 21, 2020


A must read for every adolescent and former adolescent.


Review posted December 18, 2020


Great book for opening discussions with peers at work, as well as with teens at home.


Review posted December 17, 2020


Loved this book! I would recommend this for anyone looking for a better history lesson. It would be great for a high school history or English class to read and do a deep dive into how to be an anti-racist.


Review posted December 14, 2020


I was very excited to read this book and within days of receiving it finished reading it. I’ve spent the past couple of months reading various books on racism, anti racism, and the history of BLM and this book is one of my favorites. The structure of the book is engaging and entertaining to read. The terms used to explain concepts are easy to understand. Even though it does touch on history, the method of explaining keeps you engaged. By the time I finished the book I was surprised at how much I learned without having to stop to reread like other books. I highly recommend this book if you want to learn more about racist policies and ideas!


Review posted December 3, 2020


Stamped is surprisingly easy to follow along all while it imparts tons of knowledge, which makes Kendi's point easy to understand and move towards practicing. Stamped breaks down slavery and racism from the 1415 to today. The book breaks down how racism evolved and why the evolutions occurred during each social/political time period. Kendi talks about the major events and power figures during each time period and how they made laws and policies that impacted minority groups. Kendi breaks down the different types of racism and people's beliefs and ties them to time periods while explaining how they are helpful or hurtful to the goal of being truly antiracist. I thought this was an excellent read. The book engrossed me and I certainly finished it much quicker than I had anticipated. I'm sure that I will return again and again to this book as I need refreshers and the world continues to change.


Review posted November 28, 2020


Accessible and engaging. Written for a younger audience which was exciting to think about in addition to all of the information I was processing from the book itself. I appreciate the additional reading section and will be digging into those next!


Review posted November 22, 2020


I was very satisfied with this book and the historical knowledge it provided. And I am so glad I chose to read this version of Stamped, instead of the version intended for adults. I found this version of Stamped incredibly accessible. Especially for someone who finds it difficult getting through a history book (although the author emphatically denies that this is a history book throughout), this book was written in a way that was easier to digest than your normal run of the mill, dense history book. I also enjoyed that this book was written for younger readers but can be enjoyed by adults as well. I highly recommend this book to those wanting to gain an understanding of the United States's racist history (and present).

onalee Mansor

Review posted November 11, 2020


Excellent book! I discovered things I did not think about before regarding racism.


Review posted November 9, 2020


This is a superb read. Although the books is supposed to be targeted to a primarily young readership, it is a very educational and informative read to adults of any age. It offers lessons on the history of racism in America while fostering the cultivation of empathy toward ALL our fellow-citizens. Highly recommended.


Review posted September 29, 2020


This is an easy to read book written for young adults. Read it if you want a quick synopsis of Ibram Xendi's book Stamped From the Beginning. The print is large and the tone is tongue-in-cheek and entertaining while educational. The history of racism is introduced from Aristotle through today and you will be challenged to see and understand the difference between segregationist, assimilationists, and antiracists. If you are a young adult or if you know one, I recommend you have them read this to understand the history and current state of racism in America today.

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Review posted September 29, 2020


Wow. What a way to understand something that I never knew hurt so so so much all the time.


Review posted September 27, 2020


This book was mind blowing. My previous knowledge of US history was thoroughly debunked [I was not educated in the US and my learning was in a 6th grade Social Studies class and through media]. If you hadn't realized it before, the system is broke. No matter how many laws are passed with regards to "equality", they mean nothing until everyone is an antiracist.


Review posted September 24, 2020


Great book detailing the racism of the United States. Heavy read but also very readable. Highly recommended for personal reading as well as for highschool students.


Review posted September 24, 2020


Fantastic! We have read this aloud as a family. My boys are 12 and 14. It has been great at igniting discussion and is informative. Highly recommend for adults and students both.