A seemingly endless recitation of events
In general, though, the noted historian's depiction of the '90s and '00s as an age of fraudulent promises and wasted opportunities rings true.
“A People’s Guide to Greater Boston,” out now from the University of California Press, is a very readable text but one that’s hard to define. A guide book with a historical, left-wing perspective, it is both thoroughly well-researched and pleasing to the eye: a high-production-value text and a far-reaching survey of important sites in and around the city.
"Americans today live in a very real universe where the functional equivalent of Nazis—European colonists—committed genocide against Native American peoples..."
An interview with Ibram X. Kendi
DigBoston sat down with Ibram X. Kendi, the author of Stamped from the Beginning, to discuss his new book, How to Be an Antiracist, ahead of his talk at Brookline Booksmith, Aug 28, at 6 pm.
How to Be an Antiracist serves not only as a guide to defining and recognizing racism in our society, but also chronicles Kendi’s own path towards antiracism. The mix of critical self reflection, historical recollection and the precise naming of racist ideas and systems creates a potent call to action for a better, antiracist society.
I define an antiracist as someone who is expressing an antiracist idea or supporting an antiracist policy. I believe it is very important to have terminology to define ourselves by what we are, not by what we are not. The ideology behind the saying “I’m not racist’ was popularized first by eugenicists and then Jim Crow-era segregationists and today is still used by white nationalists. I don’t think people realize the term “not racist” has long functioned as a term of denial. It is a defense mechanism that allows people to refuse to recognize the ways in which they are being racist when they are charged with racism.
When someone today says “I’m not racist,” they are connecting themselves to eugenicists, segregationists, and white nationalists. In contrast, antiracism has a very clear definition. An antiracist is someone who believes that no race of people is inferior or superior in anyway—having been raised consuming racist ideas, being antiracist requires constant self-awareness and self-criticism.
Author of ‘More Than Enough’
Elaine Welteroth is a judge on the new Project Runway. Formerly, she was the editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue where she was the youngest ever to have that title at a Condé Nast publication. She is known for shifting the magazine’s mission and making it more socially conscious. Welteroth is now releasing her book “More Than Enough,” which is “part-manifesto, part-memoir” where she writes about her time navigating the media industry and the struggles she faced behind the headlines.
Welteroth tells DigBoston that she’s spent so many years trying to get a seat at the table in the media world. Once she got to the head of that table, she’s now building her own table. “This book is my first table, it is my first offering to this audience, and I can’t wait to invite them to sit at the table and have conversations and break bread. This is just one of the many tables I will build. I have much more to do in my career,” she said.
She is coming to Boston for her book tour, and I got to chat with her over the phone about her book, her success, and her transition to TV.
I am mostly excited about being in conversation with Bozoma Saint John. She’s a good friend of mine, and someone who’s been sort of an instrumental role model and mentor of sorts in my career. She’s just a total badass in her field, and I’m excited to go in with her and in the company of all the other women who are going to come out and talk about career and talk about success, and also the underside of success stuff—the stuff that we don’t often talk about in public forum. She’s just the best person to help me bring this book to life. And she makes a cameo in it, which is an added bonus, which I don’t even think she knows yet.
“We should create a list of strains and products that work for each of our conditions,” said the cancer patient as they settled into their chairs. “And put it on the internet so everyone can see it.” The rest of the group murmured their approval.