Is NPR Just BLM Radio? TV Critic Eric Deggans Gushes Over Ibram X. Kendi on Netflix

November 26th, 2023 8:30 AM

National "Public" Radio sounds a lot like Black Lives Matter Radio. The taxpayer-funded network has denied BLM leaders are Marxists, even as they plainly state they are. They've promoted books promoting black racial rioting against police as "rebellion" as well as In Defense of Looting. So it's no surprise they're going to offer a rave review to "antiracist" leftist Ibram X. Kendi's new documentary on Netflix. The headline: 

'Stamped From the Beginning' is a sharp look at the history of anti-Black racism

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans, author of the book Race Baiter, was so promotional of Kendi that Kendi promoted the review on Twitter (which Deggans then reposted): 

The Deggans rave review began: 

The Netflix documentary Stamped from the Beginning kicks off with a provocative question from antiracism advocate, author and professor Ibram X. Kendi:

What is wrong with Black people?

As a succession of Black academics express wonder and surprise at the question — rolling it over in their mouths while they think about it, like tasting a bitter pill — Stamped from the Beginning launches into an incisive, expansive look at the origin of racist ideas about Black people, covering themes Kendi first explored in his 2016 award-winning book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

As a film, Stamped from the Beginning, directed and produced by Oscar-winner Roger Ross Williams, is a primer packed with compelling visuals, including animation that weaves into images of historical photos. Several renowned Black female academics weigh in, including legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis….

The result is a chronicle covering hundreds of years of history, which feels as contemporary as an Instagram post.

Angela Davis was "legendary" for being a member of the Communist Party USA, and was twice the vice-presidential nominee on the CPUSA ticket. But NPR loves her like an "antiracist" icon.

Overall, Deggans called the film "a well-paced and affecting look at the roots of Black-focused racism that won't necessarily surprise those who already know this history, but may still be tough to watch for those sensitive to stories about the exploitation of marginalized people." Deggans briefly brought up Kendi's collapsing think tank, only to dismiss the matter.

He's also garnered some criticism, particularly after deciding earlier this year to lay off about half the staff at Boston University's Center for Antiracist Research, where he serves as founding director. But a recent audit released by the school declared there were no issues with how the center's finances were handled — news which pushes back a bit against efforts to tag Kendi as some sort of racial justice profiteer.

This might ignore how major media outlets like ESPN and Netflix are falling over themselves to make films based on his radical ideology. Deggans concluded: 

Eventually, at the end of the film, Kendi provides his own answer to the question which started the movie's journey:

"The only thing wrong with Black people," he says, "is that we think something is wrong with Black people."

The trailer is below: