WATCH: ‘Anti-Racism’ Guru Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s Definition Of ‘Racism’ Doesn’t Actually Define Racism

Written by K. Walker on June 1, 2021

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Dr. Ibram Kendi, a prominent academic whose book on “anti-racism” is shaping much of the “diversity” training sessions in schools, corporations, and government, can’t give a coherent definition of racism.

In his book on “anti-racism”, Kendi writes, “The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it–and then dismantle it.”

The problem is, although he insists that the only way to “undo racism” is to “identify and describe it” before dismantling it, he can’t seem to get to Step 1.

At the end of his discussion, a man asks Kendi to give his personal definition of racism.

QUESTIONER: You talked about the importance of defining racism, but I — unless I missed it, which is possible, I didn’t hear your personal definition. Is there one that you would offer us? Like, how do you define racism?

KENDI: Sure. So, racism, I would define it, um, as a collection, uh, of racist policies that lead to racial inequity that are substantiated by racist ideas. [PAUSE. LAUGHTER.] Sure. A collection, uh, of racist policies that lead to racial inequity that are substantiated by racist ideas. And anti-racism is pretty simple using the same terms. Anti-racism is a collection of anti-racist policies leading to racial — anybody want to take a guess? — equity that are substantiated by anti-racist ideas.

Back when I was in the third grade, my teacher taught us that we cannot define a word by using the same word in the definition. Perhaps Dr. Kendi’s teachers were not so thorough on the basics.

Kendi’s so-called definition of “racism” is just circular reasoning of a foundational assumption — he knows what racism is because it’s a bunch of things that he considers to be racist because he determines that they cause unequal racial outcomes. It’s just a wee bit subjective, and nowhere does it define racism, racist, or even “unequal racial outcomes.”

Another prominent academic in multiple disciplines, Professor Gad Saad, mocked Kendi for the definition on Twitter.

This kind of thing is how Kendi manages to keep the grift going. He’s very vague and doesn’t actually say things clearly.

He has also said that someone denying that they are racist is proof that they are racist. It’s called a “Kafka trap” and it’s a logical fallacy.

The video clip is circulating on Twitter today, but it is actually from the Aspen Ideas Festival that was held in Aspen, Colorado in June 2019. Sitting next to Kendi is fellow Atlantic writer Jemele Hill.

You can watch the entire thing here, though I can’t imagine why you’d want to. It’s a bunch of anti-white racism using multiple logical fallacies and hiding under the guise of anti-racism.

I’m not sure why we need to listen to this guy anyway, he says that everyone is racist, so why the hell do we need to listen to an admitted racist on how to “dismantle” racism?

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker