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Racism in United States history

Dr. Victor Erik Ray discusses the categories of racist ideas explained in Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. “Stamped from the Beginning is a transformational piece of historical scholarship," Ray said. “This work provides a critical and necessary backdrop for understanding the stunning staying power of racism and the current predicaments surrounding race relations in the United States. This book is an instant classic and fast becoming a go-to text for a deeper understanding of racism.”

Ray is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Alan May works as a reference librarian at Lawson McGhee Library. In his spare time, he reads and writes poetry. May's most recent books are Dead Letters (2008) and More Unknowns (2014). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, The Hollins Critic, New Orleans Review, Plume, and others.