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Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi

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Be Antiracist imagines what an antiracist society might look like and how we all can play an active role in building one. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is the author of How to Be an Antiracist, the book that spurred a nationwide conversation redefining what it means to be antiracist, and in this podcast, he guides listeners how they can identify and reject the racist systems hiding behind racial inequity and injustice. Alongside notable guests, Dr. Kendi continues his journey towards building a just and equitable world and proposes how we can all help create it with him.

6 Episodes
Ari Berman is, without question, one of the leading journalists documenting voter suppression in the United States today. He covers voting rights at Mothers Jones and is the author of Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, which chronicles the history of voter suppression after the Voting Rights Acts of 1965. Dr. Kendi and Berman discuss the history of voting rights in the United States, the Republican-led attacks they face, and the type of antiracist policies necessary for a multiracial democracy. For further reading, resources, and a transcript of this episode visit Learn more about your ad-choices at
The Juneteenth Mixtape

The Juneteenth Mixtape


Host Ibram X. Kendi expounds the history and legacy of Juneteenth, and what the day means to him. He passes the mic to Annette Gordon-Reed, Heather McGhee, Adam Serwer, Tiya Miles and Maurice Carlos Ruffin, who share how this day in American history shows up in their lives. Plus: the Be Antiracist team hits the streets of New York to check in with the community on how they’re celebrating the holiday. For more episodes of Be Antiracist, visit Learn more about your ad-choices at
Heather McGhee is an expert in economic and social policy, and author of the best-selling book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. She is the former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos and now chairs the board of Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. Dr. Kendi sat down with the self-described “policy wonk” to discuss how a racist society hurts everyone. Together they explore how, by investing in each other, we can all achieve better jobs, better health, better democracy, better schools, better neighborhoods for our kids—and so much more. For further reading, resources, and a transcript of this episode, visit Learn more about your ad-choices at
Rebecca Cokley is one of the country’s leading voices on disability rights, and centers race in her analysis and advocacy. She is the founding director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress, and served in the Obama administration from 2009-2013. Dr. Kendi sat down with the California native for a frank conversation on the intersections of ableism and racism in America, the historic civil rights legislation governing both, and what we can all do to advocate for a better future for people with disabilities. For further reading, resources, and a transcript of this episode, visit Learn more about your ad-choices at
Welcome to Be Antiracist. To kick off the season, host Ibram X. Kendi got together with Pushkin’s co-founder and Revisionist History host Malcolm Gladwell, for a conversation on racism, bridging divides, and the power of podcasting. Stay tuned after their conversation for an excerpt of an upcoming episode featuring economic and social policy expert Heather C. McGhee. Dr. Kendi and McGhee discuss the “zero sum” world view, and what racism really costs us as a society. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Jun 23rd


There was and occasionally is racism and it effects a lot of people. And the key to stopping it is not grouping your race away from other races, including white people. I hope you all understand by “telling white people”, honoring black creators exclusively, making a larger gap between races is what you’re doing. You can’t stop racism by dividing them all up and pandering to each one individually. What to solve racism? Fix it where it needs to be fixed by grouping EVERY race together and not singling any one race out, for good or bad. Because at that moment we will realize we’re not black or white or Asian or whatever. We’re humans and that’s the only race we truly belong to.

Jun 20th
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Eric Reeves

Why would I want you to subscribe me to this racist, Marxist crap? Why would you promote people hating each other?

Jun 20th
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Divisive, racist, dishonest propaganda for easily-manipulated, self-righteous sheep

Jun 20th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

Sounds great!

Jun 19th

Carson Dibble

Mr. Kendi will go down in history as one of the most racist public figures ever. He is a stain on the values America was built upon. He is undeserving of any attention.

Jun 18th


This guy is a Marxist hack who's only achievement is sowing division with propaganda and racist garbage. Why anyone would listen to this man is unfathomable.

Jun 17th

Lynn Pryor

So many things that Ms McGhee said about Solidarity are true and will certainly improve the lives of both whites and people of color. I would just like to correct a few misunderstandings that I believe are caused by seeing the world through a biased worldvie. For example the subprime crash was caused by Wall Strret greed. Companies that were not traditional banks began doing mortgage lending because they had a "new product" called derivatives. They created these by making more mortgages. They were lending to everyone, and many of the people added to their mortgages at this time with equity loans because it was so available, many of these mortgages did not meet normal banking criteria, like down payments or reasonable equity valuation. Many people were also sold on risky mortgages like variable rates and balloon payments. Derivatives were the motivation for these mortgages; not racism. When they came due and people couldn't handle the payments the whole business crashed and took the economy with it. Another misundersatanind is in regard to Bridget at about 37:36 in the podcast where Ms. McGhee assumes that she (Bridget) is a white wing Trump follower just because she is racist. And that organizing showed her the light. I reject that just because she was racist that she was right wing or that she would most likely vote for Trump. You equate political belief with how you view race, I am not racist and I voted for Trump, I am not right wing but fiscally conservative so I voted for Trump, I wanted to grow jobs in our country and make our paychecks grow and so I voted for Trump, I wanted our immigration situation to get under control so that more people could enter our country legally in a safe manner so I voted for Trump, I wanted people of color to prosper in whatever community they lived in so I voted for Trump. From 2016 t0 2020 this happened and we were on a good fiscal path forward which was bringing everyone up. Unemployment was the lowest it has ever been and crime was down. Unfortunately people have been brainwashed into believing that Trump is Bad just because people don't like the way he talks or that he is rich. You need to listen to sane people talk about what they saw in Trump and what he was capable for doing for all of us in Solidarity. Sure Trump is a narcisist and he and everyone else knows it. Biden is a narcisist which he hides with his good old Joe routine but he is throwing away the gains of the last 4 years and bringing us closer to war. Talk to more people that are openminded. Read more and listen more to people who have opposing views. I do and I see where I agree with much of what you say and look for ways that I can be anti-racist but your own bias toward the assumption that mistakes and stupid decisions that people in power make are rooted in racism is a failing. Racism is your life because you have been fighting it so long and I understand that but to get to the real cause of a problem and real solutions you have to get past it. I hear so many people say in a vague sort of academic elitist way that if we could just root out the racism we could solve all these equity problems. Nope, solve the equity problem and the racism will fade away. Think about it from another point of view and you may see the solutions more clearly..

Jun 15th
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Why who anyone listen to this person he is famous for making everyone hate each other and he can sell books. Look up this guys he has done nothing of note but play a victim. Please see that he isnt the leader we need.

May 5th
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