Stamped From the Beginning - Epilogue Summary & Analysis

Ibram X. Kendi
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In the epilogue, Kendi reflects further on the election of Barack Obama. He notes that White voters "gave him roughly the same percentage of votes they had given his Democratic predecessors after LBJ" (497). Instead, it was an increase in non-White voters and young voters that won him the presidency. Kendi notes that racist ideas could also easily have lost him the election. He wonders if the outcome would have been different had Obama been descendent of slaves or not biracial. Kendi also notes that the "notion of a post-racial America quickly became the new dividing line between racists and antiracists" after Obama took office (498).

Kendi explores the lie of post-racialism by referencing the deaths of young black men at the hands of police and vigilantes such as George Zimmerman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin. This naturally leads into a discussion of the #BlackLivesMatter...

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