Ibram X. Kendi, a prominent scholar and antiracism activist, spoke about the state of racism in America as part of the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series, presented by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and moderated by MPR News host Angela Davis.
“Racist ideas are like rain, sort of raining on people’s heads, and then it’s soaking people. And then the racist ideas are convincing people that they’re dry,” said Kendi on Wednesday night. “The heartbeat of being racist is denial.”
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