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Book in Common

Discussion Questions and Chapter Resources

Discussion Questions

Ibram X. Kendi

Questions (PDF) provided on the author's website.

Meriam Library Diversity and Inclusion Team 

Questions(opens in new window) prepared for the Summer 2020 faculty/staff book group

Book in Common Team

Questions prepared for chapter-specific discussion groups.

Websites cited by Kendi in each chapter

My Racist Introduction

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-37230916/drug-dealers-criminals-rapists-what-trump-thinks-of-mexicans

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/05/08/preventing-muslim-immigration-statement-disappears-donald-trump-campaign-site/101436780/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-insults-toward-black-reporters-candidates-echo-historic-playbooks-used-against-african-americans/2018/11/09/74653438-e440-11e8-b759-3d88a5ce9e19_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-insults-toward-black-reporters-candidates-echo-historic-playbooks-used-against-african-americans/2018/11/09/74653438-e440-11e8-b759-3d88a5ce9e19_story.html

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/trump-defends-white-nationalist-protesters-some-very-fine-people-on-both-sides/537012/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2018/01/14/trump-says-im-not-a-racist-and-denies-shithole-countries-remark/

https://www.cnn.com/2016/09/15/politics/donald-trump-election-2016-racism/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trump-i-am-the-least-racist-person/2016/06/10/eac7874c-2f3a-11e6-9de3-6e6e7a14000c_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/13/opinion/sunday/heartbeat-of-racism-denial.html

https://flatheadbeacon.com/2014/11/26/richard-spencer/

Chapter 1: Definitions

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/1994/september12/4ta011.html

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/1996/september16/6ta036.html

https://urbana.org/message/us-racial-crisis-and-world-evangelism

https://inequality.stanford.edu/publications/pathway/state-union-2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcfAuodA2x8

http://landmarkcases.c-span.org/Case/27/Regents-Univ-Cal-v-Bakke

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/27/climate-change-poor-countries-ipcc

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-lead-map/reuters-finds-3810-u-s-areas-with-lead-poisoning-double-flints-idUSKBN1DE1H2

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/why-are-african-americans-so-much-more-likely-than-whites-to-develop-alzheimers/2017/05/31/9bfbcccc-3132-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/02/cdc-life-expectancy-up-for-blacks-and-the-racial-gap-is-closing/

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/magazine/black-mothers-babies-death-maternal-mortality.html

https://www.cancer.gov/about-nci/organization/crchd/about-health-disparities/examples

https://aspe.hhs.gov/system/files/pdf/187551/ACA2010-2016.pdf
(PDF)

https://fortune.com/2018/11/15/obamacare-americans-with-health-insurance-uninsured/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/29/the-smoking-gun-proving-north-carolina-republicans-tried-to-disenfranchise-black-voters/

http://www.thenation.com/article/wisconsins-voter-id-law-suppressed-200000-votes-trump-won-by-23000/

Chapter 2: Dueling Consciousness

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/28/us/study-finds-big-increase-in-black-men-as-inmates-since-1980.html
 
http://www.brookings.edu/blog/social-mobility-memos/2015/11/25/drug-offenders-in-american-prisons-the-critical-distinction-between-stock-and-flow/
 
http://news.vice.com/en_ca/article/7xwybd/the-war-on-drugs-remains-as-racist-as-ever-statistics-show
  
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/01/12/shrinking-gap-between-number-of-blacks-and-whites-in-prison/
 
http://time.com/3746059/war-on-crime-history/
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8TGLLQlD9M
 
http://harpers.org/archive/2016/04/legalize-it-all/
 
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/what-reagan-has-done-to-america-79233/
 
http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/the-talented-tenth/
 
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/05/16/trump-immigrants-animals-mexico-democrats-sanctuary-cities/617252002/
 
https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/let27.asp

Chapter 3: Power

No websites cited by Kendi in this chapter

Chapter 4: Biology

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-education-suspensions/black-students-more-likely-to-be-suspended-u-s-education-department-idUSKCN0YT1ZO
 
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1988-01-21/news/0010200256_1_grim-salt-hypertension
 
http://www.genome.gov/10001356/

Chapter 5: Ethnicity

http://www.wnyc.org/story/twenty-years-later-look-back-nypd-assault-abner-louima-and-what-it-means-today/
 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/68483.stm
 
http://www.pewhispanic.org/2017/09/18/facts-on-u-s-latinos/
 
http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2015/04/09/a-rising-share-of-the-u-s-black-population-is-foreign-born/
 
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/americas-brutal-forgotten-history-of-illegal-deportations/517971/
 
http://soundcloud.com/siriusxm-news-issues/the-american-people-are-angry
 
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/cuban-immigrants-united-states
 
http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2015/04/09/chapter-1-statistical-portrait-of-the-u-s-black-immigrant-population/
 
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/news/2012/12/20/48571/5-fast-facts-about-black-immigrants-in-the-united-states/

Chapter 6: Body

http://www.cnn.com/US/9510/megamarch/10-16/clinton/update/transcript.html
 
http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/winter05-06/conspiracy.cfm
 
http://www.tsl.texas.gov/ref/abouttx/secession/2feb1861.html
 
http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/psp-pspi0000092.pdf (PDF)
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/police-shootings-2018/
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/fatal-police-shootings-of-unarmed-people-have-significantly-declined-experts-say/2018/05/03/d5eab374-4349-11e8-8569-26fda6b404c7_story.html
 
http://www.c-span.org/video/?59442-1/house-session&start=12042
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/13/opinion/did-blacks-really-endorse-the-1994-crime-bill.html
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1994/09/14/crime-bill-is-signed-with-flourish/650b1c2f-e306-4c00-9c6f-80bc9cc57e55/
 
http://www.weeklystandard.com/john-j-dilulio-jr/the-coming-of-the-super-predators
 
http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/usrv98.pdf (PDF)
 
http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cv16.pdf (PDF)
 
http://www.rti.org/news/report-more-half-violent-crimes-went-unreported-police-2006-2010
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/08/22/donald-trump-to-african-american-and-hispanic-voters-what-do-you-have-to-lose/
 
http://www.citylab.com/life/2015/03/how-black-owned-businesses-help-reduce-youth-violence/387847/
 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/ct-youth-unemployment-urban-league-0126-biz-20160124-story.html
 
http://www.huduser.gov/portal/periodicals/em/summer16/highlight2.html
 
http://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/LNS14000018 

Chapter 7: Culture

http://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/adamserwer/bill-cosby-pound-for-pound
 
http://lab.musixmatch.com/vocabulary_genres/
 
http://www.city-journal.org/html/how-hip-hop-holds-blacks-back-12442.html
 
http://people.com/archive/gunning-for-gangstas-vol-43-no-25/

Chapter 8: Behavior

http://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1995/01/14/dc-residents-urged-to-care-join-war-on-guns/0b36f1f3-27ac-4685-8fb6-3eda372e93ac/
 
http://www.cnn.com/US/9510/megamarch/10-16/clinton/update/transcript.html
 
http://www.colorlines.com/articles/poll-trump-supporters-more-likely-view-black-people-violent-and-lazy
 
http://psmag.com/news/research-finds-that-racism-sexism-and-status-fears-drove-trump-voters
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/11/16/republican-appointee-resigns-from-the-dhs-after-past-comments-about-blacks-muslims-come-to-light/
 
http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/
 
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/09/03/sat-scores-drop-and-racial-gaps-remain-large
 
http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/03/04/new-sat-paying-off-for-test-prep-industry/blQeQKoSz1yAksN9N9463K/story.html
 
http://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/real-men-dont-write-blogs/201406/why-we-dont-give-each-other-break
 
http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/lawsuit_alleges_mississippi_deprives_black_children_of_equal_educational_op
 
http://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/where-do-we-go-here-address-delivered-eleventh-annual-sclc-convention
 
http://diverseeducation.com/article/1139/

Chapter 9: Color

http://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2018/03/14/the-us-will-become-minority-white-in-2045-census-projects/

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/04/opinion/sunday/what-biracial-people-know.html

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/13/doll.study/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/i-dont-normally-date-dark_b_5113166.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/colorism-discrimination-iyanla-vanzant_n_4588825.html

http://www.forbes.com/2008/12/30/end-of-racism-oped-cx_jm_1230mcwhorter.html#50939eb949f8

http://www.history.com/news/scottsboro-boys-naacp-communist-party

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/17/straight-out-of-compton-casting-call_n_5597010.html

http://www.economist.com/baobab/2012/09/28/lighter-shades-of-skin.

http://www.newsghana.com.gh/mercury-in-skin-lightening-products/

http://people.com/politics/omarosa-trump-daily-routine-tanning-bed-diet-coke-unhinged/

Chapter 10: White

http://www.nytimes.com/2000/02/04/us/jeb-bush-roils-florida-on-affirmative-action.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/08/us/the-2000-elections-the-media-a-flawed-call-adds-to-high-drama.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/15/us/examining-the-vote-how-bush-took-florida-mining-the-overseas-absentee-vote.html

http://diverseeducation.com/article/1034/

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2000/12/flor-d06.html

http://www.thenation.com/article/how-the-2000-election-in-florida-led-to-a-new-wave-of-voter-disenfranchisement/

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/1-million-black-votes-didn-t-count-in-the-2000-2747895.php

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/dec/14/uselections2000.usa14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsYWD2EqavQ

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/24/559604836/majority-of-white-americans-think-theyre-discriminated-against

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/veto-of-the-civil-rights-bill/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/03/04/alicia-garza-black-lives-matter/24341593/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/11/politics/rudy-giuliani-black-lives-matter-inherently-racist/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2018/12/20/us/living-while-black-police-calls-trnd/index.html

http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2014/06/where_does_that_billboard_phra.html

http://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2013/following-white-rabbit

http://www.nationalww2museum.org/students-teachers/student-resources/research-starters/research-starters-worldwide-deaths-world-war

http://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/civil-war-casualties

Chapter 11: Black

http://news.gallup.com/poll/163580/fewer-blacks-bias-jobs-income-housing.aspx

http://www.people-press.org/2017/10/05/4-race-immigration-and-discrimination/

http://star.txstate.edu/2016/02/black-people-cannot-be-racist-and-heres-why/

http://www.senate.gov/CRSpubs/617f17bb-61e9-40bb-b301-50f48fd239fc.pdf (PDF)

http://www.fjc.gov/history/judges/search/african-american

http://www.newsweek.com/racial-makeup-police-departments-331130

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/blacks-blue-african-american-cops-react-violence-towards-police-n607141

http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d17/tables/dt17_315.20.asp

http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2018/03/07/the-black-billionaires-2018/#19dd12935234

http://www.newsmax.com/antoniomoore/black-millionaires-wealth-wealth-disparity/2017/10/04/id/817622/

http://fortune.com/2018/02/28/black-history-month-black-ceos-fortune-500/

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/04/ken-blackwell-ohio-brown-senate/

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0601-34.htm

http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/ken-blackwell/time-clean-our-elections

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/01/12/black-and-white-officers-see-many-key-aspects-of-policing-differently/

Chapter 12: Class

http://www.roadsnacks.net/worst-philadelphia-neighborhoods/

http://mic.com/articles/85223/paul-ryan-s-racist-comments-are-a-slap-in-the-face-to-10-5-million-americans

http://www.heritage.org/welfare/commentary/why-we-must-be-bold-welfare-reform

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/18/us/politics/18text-obama.html

http://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/where-do-we-go-here-address-delivered-eleventh-annual-sclc-convention

http://www.kff.org/other/state-indicator/poverty-rate-by-raceethnicity/

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/08/21/through-good-times-and-bad-black-unemployment-is-consistently-double-that-of-whites/

http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/20/news/economy/black-white-wage-gap/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/28/black-and-hispanic-families-are-making-more-money-but-they-still-lag-far-behind-whites/

http://ips-dc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/The-Road-to-Zero-Wealth_FINAL.pdf (PDF)

http://www.americasquarterly.org/content/behind-numbers-race-and-ethnicity-latin-america

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/apr/08/global-inequality-may-be-much-worse-than-we-think

http://www.nber.org/papers/w23733

http://www.alternet.org/2018/04/racial-wealth-divide-holds-back-black-earners/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/08/12/black-poverty-differs-from-white-poverty/?utm_term=.6069bf66fb16

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/19/civil-rights-act-progress/4641967/

http://socialistworker.org/2010/11/18/race-and-us-socialist-tradition

http://bostonreview.net/race/robin-d-g-kelley-what-did-cedric-robinson-mean-racial-capitalism

http://socialistworker.org/2011/01/04/race-class-and-marxism

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/elizabeth-warrens-theory-of-capitalism/568573/

http://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/nov/14/worlds-richest-wealth-credit-suisse

Chapter 13: Space

http://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2016/09/how-take-banksters

http://www.forbes.com/sites/roomykhan/2018/02/22/white-collar-crimes-motivations-and-triggers/#258d26351219

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/trump-minorities-living-in-hell-228726

http://www.bet.com/celebrities/news/2016/04/28/aisha-tyler-slams-hbcus.html

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704654004575517822124077834

http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/hbcus-struggle-to-close-the-endowment-gap

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/16/black-colleges-are-the-biggest-victims-of-states-invasive-new-funding-rules/

http://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Are-Black-Colleges-Doing-/243119

http://news.gallup.com/poll/186362/grads-historically-black-colleges-edge.aspx

http://ncrc.org/study-documents-discrimination-black-entrepreneurs/

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3035972

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1615149

http://blavity.com/black-owned-businesses-get-pass-for-bad-service

http://www.aft.org/periodical/american-educator/summer-2004/jim-crows-schools

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/347/483

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/08/15/the-nations-teaching-force-is-still-mostly.html

http://www.iza.org/publications/dp/10630

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/opinion/sunday/integration-worked-why-have-we-rejected-it.html

http://www.vox.com/2018/3/5/17080218/school-segregation-getting-worse-data

http://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/where-do-we-go-here-address-delivered-eleventh-annual-sclc-convention

Chapter 14: Gender

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2009/02/the-math-on-black-out-of-wedlock-births/6738/

http://www.vox.com/2016/4/16/11408576/anita-hill-clarence-thomas-confirmation

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/wkyeng.pdf (PDF)

http://insightcced.org/old-site/uploads/CRWG/LiftingAsWeClimb-WomenWealth-Report-InsightCenter-Spring2010.pdf (PDF)

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/06/black-women-economy/530022/

http://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/magazine/black-mothers-babies-death-maternal-mortality.html

http://www.brookings.edu/blog/social-mobility-memos/2016/10/21/6-charts-showing-race-gaps-within-the-american-middle-class/

http://www.themarshallproject.org/2017/12/15/a-mass-incarceration-mystery

http://www.cnn.com/2018/06/29/us/casey-anthony-10-years-later/index.html

http://www.themarshallproject.org/2017/12/15/a-mass-incarceration-mystery

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/03/19/upshot/race-class-white-and-black-men.html

Chapter 15: Sexuality

http://www.nbjc.org/sites/default/files/lgbt-families-of-color-facts-at-a-glance.pdf (PDF)

http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/williams-in-the-news/beyond-stereotypes-poverty-in-the-lgbt-community/

http://archive.org/stream/39002086458651.med.yale.edu/39002086458651_djvu.txt

http://www.hivplusmag.com/stigma/2017/3/06/whats-root-disproportionate-hiv-rates-their-queer-brothers

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/black-lives-matter-movement-awarded-sydney-peace-prize-activism-n816846

http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2015/02/18/op-ed-its-time-trans-lives-truly-matter-us-all

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/kayla-moore-emerges-as-her-husbands-fiercest-and-most-vocal-defender/2017/11/15/5c8b7d82-ca19-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-alabama-senate-runoff-20170921-story.html

Chapter 16: Failure

http://www.battlefields.org/learn/primary-sources/abraham-lincolns-emancipation-proclamation

http://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/where-do-we-go-here-address-delivered-eleventh-annual-sclc-convention

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/23/support-for-2010-health-care-law-reaches-new-high/

http://www.democracynow.org/2007/7/10/the_case_of_the_jena_six

http://blackpast.org/1963-malcolm-x-message-grassroots

http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015079003128

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/21/us/21cnd-jena.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/plea-bargain-wraps-up-jena-6-case/

Chapter 17: Success

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/245881-hillary-americas-long-struggle-with-race-is-far-from

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/10/the-transcript-of-bernie-sanderss-victory-speech/

http://www.paramountnetwork.com/shows/rest-in-power-the-trayvon-martin-story

http://archive.org/stream/326700-full-transcript-zimmerman/326700-full-transcript-zimmerman_djvu.txt

Chapter 18: Survival

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/us/american-university-confederate.html

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/survival-rates.html

http://www.thebalance.com/war-on-terror-facts-costs-timeline-3306300

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