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Yesterday we told you about more than 55 members of staff, faculty and employees at Dordt University, a Christian college located in northwest Iowa, reading the book “How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram Kendi.

This book is promoted and used throughout education, unfortunately.

We decided we would share excerpts of it with our readers. And today, we start with a portion of the introduction, entitled “My Racist Introduction.”

“My father, all six foot three and two hundred pounds of him, emerged from my high school gym’s entrance. He slowly walked onto the basketball court, flailing his long arms to get my attention — and embarrassing me before what we could call the ‘White judge.’ Classic Dad. He couldn’t care less what judgmental White people thought about him. He rarely if ever put on a happy mask, faked a calmer voice, hid his opinion, or avoided making a scene. I loved and hated my father for living on his own terms in a world that usually denies Black people their own terms. It was the sort of defiance that could have gotten him lynched by a mob in a different time and place — or lynched by men in badges today…

“I pulled out the letter and read it: I had been admitted to Hampton University in southern Virginia. My immediate shock exploded into unspeakable happiness. I embraced Dad and exhaled. Tears mixed with warm-up sweat on my face. The judging White eyes around us faded.”

Seems like a lot of racism for a book proclaiming to teach how to be an antiracist. We will follow up with another excerpt tomorrow.

Author: Jacob Hall