Historian, author, and American University Professor Dr. Ibram X. Kendi argues that ignorance and hate aren't what informs racist policies, but that it's the policies — created out of economic and political self-interest — that influence and encourage racist attitudes. He also maintains that we need to better understand and stand against these policies that pervade our systems. Kendi came to town last fall to discuss his brick of a book, "Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America," which won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. He returns to Rochester this week to deliver his talk, "How to Be An Antiracist," as St. John Fisher College's 2018 Lobene Lecture in the Humanities.
The lecture takes place Friday, April 20, in Clearly Auditorium at St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Avenue. 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. 385-8000; sjfc.edu.