As I read Dr. Kendi’s book I am surprised at the things he leaves out. I am also surprised at the great things that he does not celebrate. For example:
He tells us that the reason why the Portuguese in the 15th century started exploring the west coast of Africa was to capture black people. They were cruising up and down the coast for the express purpose of targeting black people.
That is false. Kendi fails to mention at all that the main purpose for Portuguese and later other European exploration in the 15th and 16th was to find a new trade route to India and China. The main trade route through Constantinople was threatened by the Turks, and then the Turks captured the city in 1452, this forcing Europeans to find cheaper avenues for trade. Why no mention at all of this primary reason for exploration?
Why no mention at all of the one economic system that has lifted more people out of poverty worldwide, than any other economic system? Why the hatred for capitalism? Look at India, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, the Republic of China on Taiwan, South Korea, and Brazil, for example. Fifty years ago those nations were third world. Now they are major economic powers with rising incomes for all levels of society. Even Communist China has ditched a socialist economy (but they haven’t ditched their police state) and as a result has created a vast improvement in the income for most of its people. Just compare with the broken down socialist economies of Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea. Yet socialism is better?
I see on page 141 that he mentions the great numbers of black millionaires (and he is now one of them according to several reports), billionaires, and CEOs, politicians, police chiefs….so under what kind of economy and political system did all this take place? Can you think of any socialist system that has produced such success?
Why no love for the European nations and the United States fighting to end slavery worldwide in the nineteenth century? Why no mention that long after Great Britain ended slavery throughout its empire, it still had to fight against Islamic Arab slave traders in Africa to prevent the further enslavement of black Africans?
Why no mention of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which forbade slavery forever in what would soon be five large new states, and it set the tone for allowing more free states into the Union? And this was done and promoted by many of the same men who write the Declaration of Independence and later would write the US Constitution?
Why no mention of the slaughter of 120 million innocent people by socialist government’s in just 70 years in the 20th century?
I see that Dr. Kendi seizes several opportunities to excoriate Donald Trump. Fine. Why no mention of the fact that from December of 2017 to March of 2020 black Americans enjoyed the lowest unemployment since records have been kept? Why no mention that Trump made sure that more federal money was sent to support historic black colleges and universities than at any other time in US history?
Why no mention of Booker T. Washington’s forgiveness of white Americans who had actually enslaved him and oppressed him? Why no mention of his achievements in education, literature, and in encouraging forgiveness and reconciliation even if one received no forgiveness in return?
Throughout the book I read nothing but anger, hatred, revenge, envy, bitterness and resentment. I see precious little forgiveness, mercy, grace, reconciliation, and peace. Did I miss that? Why is that missing?