Ibram X. Kendiis the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and also the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is the author of the bestselling book, How To Be An Anti-Racist, which has been widely embraced by the Left and the mainstream media. Kendi has made a career out of identifying “metastatic” racism in every possible aspect of American life and society and using his observations to undermine America’s proud history and founding principles.
Kendi is determined to use America’s original sin of slavery to discredit the entire American project. He has repeatedly used the metaphor of cancer to describe racism, calling it “literally a metastatic cancer that has been ravaging the American body from the beginning.”
In a recent essay in The Atlantic, he writes, “From the beginning of the American project, the powerful individual has been battling for his constitutional freedom to harm, and the vulnerable community has been battling for its constitutional freedom from harm. Both freedoms were inscribed into the U.S. Constitution, into the American psyche. The history of the United States, the history of Americans, is the history of reconciling the unreconcilable: individual freedom and community freedom. There is no way to reconcile the enduring psyche of the slaveholder with the enduring psyche of the enslaved.”
The radical professor goes on to wield the example of the Coronavirus as emblematic of the way African-Americans have been subjugated in all aspects of our society: “There is something about living through a deadly pandemic that cuts open the shell, removes the flesh, and finds the very core of American existence: the slaveholder clamoring for his freedom to infect, and the enslaved clamoring for our freedom from infection.”
In another article, Kendi quotes Malcolm X’s statement “We don’t see any American dream. We’ve experienced only the American nightmare”—a nightmare that in Kendi’s view is still ongoing “from Minneapolis to Louisville, from Central Park to untold numbers of black coronavirus patients parked in hospitals, on unemployment lines, and in graves.”
In yet another piece, unsubtly titled “We’re Still Living and Dying in the Slaveholders’ Republic,” Kendi attempts to draw a parallel between President Trump’s insistence that we open up the economy after the Coronavirus shutdowns and nineteenth century slaveholders’ failure to free their slaves: “Slaveholders could have responded to apocalyptic antislavery resistance by abolishing slavery and redistributing land and rights and resources to black and white and indigenous peoples alike. Likewise, Trump could have responded to deepening economic pain from stay-at-home orders by imploring Congress to provide enough public assistance that the community could be free of economic and bodily worry.” Absurdly, he slams President Trump for “want[ing] Americans to view Republicans as freeing the individual, and Democrats as confining the free individual,” as if that wasn’t the factual case.
Kendi believes that “All policies, ideas and people are either being racist or antiracist. Racist policies yield racial inequity; antiracist policies yield racial equity.” Naturally, “anti-racist” policies, in his view, are the policies promoted by the radical left.
He envisions an “antiracist society” as “Where free, high-quality healthcare is as universal as basic incomes and fresh food? Where instead of stocking prisons with poor and mentally disabled people of color, we stock those people’s communities with high-paying jobs and mental health services? Where instead of enslaving and traumatizing prisoners, we are healing and restoring them? Where guns are as controlled as police officers fearing for their lives?”
“What I mean by anti-racist policies are policies like Medicare for all, or high quality healthcare for all that reduce racial inequities. Policies like legalizing marijuana, policies that aggressively go after climate change…” he clarified in an interview. Ibram Kendi’s castigation of America and its citizens for their purported racial sins and his manipulative use of that accusation to promote a far-left political agenda, make him one of the Top Ten America-Hating Professors.