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"Antiracist Baby" by Ibram X Kendi, Page 1
“Give me a child till he is seven years old, I will show you the man.” Attributed to Saint Ignatius Loyola
Ibram X. Kendi, born Ibram Henry Rogers, is the director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University. Kendi’s best-selling picture book (with nearly 7,000 reviews on Amazon), Antiracist Baby, has been the talk of the town. It’s being taught around the country and has caused considerable controversy.
The book is marketed as one “that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves.” But what, according to Kendi, does this really mean? What, exactly, is “antiracism”? Why should one be an antiracist and how does one go about indoctrinating children with this ideology? (And it is an ideology. It cannot be falsified, and it is not empirically based.)
Kendi, in his own words, writes, “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.” As astonishing as openly advocating for discrimination may be, this is exactly how Kendi plans to achieve his ideological vision. And to accomplish this, he wants to start with parents indoctrinating their babies.
In this brief series, I’ll explain key pages of Kendi’s book. Copyright prohibited me from going over the book page-by-page, so I selected the first few pages. After the Reverse Q&A Tour, I may take a look at other children’s books by far-left extremists aimed at capturing young minds. Let me know your favorites in the comments.
For now, enjoy the series.
“Antiracist Baby,” Page 1:
Hi. My name is Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, and I love celebrating our differences through words and actions. I even wrote a book—
-Dr. Ibram X Kendi
—and there are portions of this book that recommend to babies: “confess when being racist.” Now, this is a book that is taught at Georgetown Day School to students in Pre-K through second grade—so four through seven years old.
-Senator Ted Cruz
In this series, I'll be reading passages from Ibram Kendi's children's book, “Antiracist Baby.” I'll tell you exactly what Mr. Kendi would like you to teach your children.
Ibram Kendi's “Antiracist Baby,” page one. Quote:
"Antiracist baby is bred, not born. Antiracist Baby is raised to make society transform."
With these words, Ibram Kendi means that children are not born knowing how to transform society—they must be trained to transform it. Kendi wants you to teach your children to transform society by becoming antiracists. In other words, he wants you to teach your children to see racism as the ordinary and everyday state of affairs and to find racism in literally every relationship, interaction, institution, and system.
For the antiracist, it is impossible for racism not to be present. In the words of fellow anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo, author of “White Fragility:”
The question is not 'Did racism take place?' But rather, 'How did racism manifest in this situation?'"
When Kendi speaks of raising your antiracist baby to transform society, what he means is that he wants you to train your baby to overthrow the existing system. This system also includes capitalism and the fundamental elements of democracy, like the legal and penal system.
If you follow Kendi's advice and raise an antiracist baby, they'll grow into an adult obsessed with race, devoted to destroying the political, legal and economic system, and constantly feeling resentment because they believe they've been unfairly treated by systems that deliberately oppress them due to their race.
And that's the first page of Ibram Kendi's “Antiracist Baby.”