In this deep history of racism, Kendi takes us through the lives of five major figures from US history to demonstrate how racist ideas have shaped America's past. From puritan ministers through to modern-day activists, this book shows how people in this country built a nation steeped in racial inequality, how they fought to oppose or maintain that inequality, and how we came to be where we are today.
This book is a great way to brush up on your history and rethink the stories that we all think we know. Kendi is a great writer and historian, and the way he uses a few pivotal figures to tell the story of the country makes it all very compelling. He manages to tell the story of America's history of racism and still come out with a little hope for the future, a feat that I can't help but admire.