FLASH! Stamped from the Beginning; The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. Nation Books, 2016. The author assembles sources from Cotton Mather to Angela Davis, from the Great Awakening to Black Lives Matter, suggesting that racist ideas are central to American social thought. National Book Award. Proud to say that Kendi is a member of the African-American Studies faculty at the University of Florida.