Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

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Stamped from the Beginning Term Analysis

Stamped from the Beginning is Ibram X. Kendi’s award-winning book about the history of anti-Black racist ideas in the U.S. Stamped is an adaptation of Stamped from the Beginning.

Stamped from the Beginning Quotes in Stamped

The Stamped quotes below are all either spoken by Stamped from the Beginning or refer to Stamped from the Beginning. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers edition of Stamped published in 2020.
Introduction Quotes

I don't think I'm a great writer like Jason, but I do think I'm a courageous writer. I wrote Stamped from the Beginning with my cell phone on, with my television on, with my anger on, with my joy on—always thinking on and on. I watched the televised and untelevised life of the shooting star of #Black Lives Matter during America's stormiest nights. I watched the televised and untelevised killings of unarmed Black human beings at the hands of cops and wannabe cops. I somehow managed to write Stamped from the Beginning between the heartbreaking deaths of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin and seventeen-year-old Darnesha Harris and twelve-year-old Tamir Rice and sixteen-year-old Kimani Gray and eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, heartbreaks that are a product of America's history of racist ideas as much as a history of racist ideas is a product of these heartbreaks.

Related Characters: Ibram X. Kendi (speaker), Jason Reynolds
Page Number: xi
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Stamped from the Beginning Term Timeline in Stamped

The timeline below shows where the term Stamped from the Beginning appears in Stamped. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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How Racist Ideas Spread Theme Icon
...way to understand the racism that exists today. This book is Jason Reynolds’s remix of Stamped from the Beginning , Kendi’s book about the history of racist ideas. An idea is racist if it... (full context)
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...a brilliant writer, and he has made this book interesting and relatable. When Kendi wrote Stamped from the Beginning , the #BlackLivesMatter movement was just starting. It broke Kendi’s heart to watch “cops and... (full context)