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How to Be an Antiracist

by Ibram X. Kendi

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The Democrats, Race and the 1994 Federal Crime Bill

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In How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi recalls his adolescence during the 1990s, frequently referencing comments made and policies enacted by President Bill Clinton. Author Toni Morrison famously called Clinton the "first Black president," a fairly controversial comment that was nevertheless frequently repeated by Clinton supporters who interpreted it as a straightforward compliment. Morrison was referring to the president's background growing up in poverty as the child of a single mother and the way he was vilified for engaging in sexual misconduct while in office, but many embraced the notion that he was a friend and ally to Black Americans.

Yet, as Kendi points out, Clinton often failed the Black community and did so in a manner that deeply tarnished the Democratic Party, the effects of which are still visible today. Perhaps the most obvious example of this is the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, written by then Delaware senator Joe Biden and signed into...

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