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Ibram Kendi’s book, “How to be an Antiracist” is being used at schools across America. One of those schools is Dordt University, which is a Christian college in Sioux Center, Iowa. More than 55 faculty, staff and employees are reading the book as part of “rewiring for diversity.”

The Iowa Standard wants to highlight some excerpts from the book.


“Even now I wonder if it was my poor sense of self that first generated my poor sense of my people. Or was it my poor sense of my people that inflamed a poor sense of myself? Like the famous question about the chicken and the egg, the answer is less important than the cycle it describes. Racist ideas make people of color think less of themselves, which makes them more vulnerable to racist ideas. Racist ideas make white people think more of themselves, which further attracts them to racist ideas.

EXCERPT 1: “Lynched by men in badges”

Author: Jacob Hall


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