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Professor Ibram Kendi links ‘freedom to enslave’ with gun rights
Ibram Kendi

There are some who fight for ‘freedom to exploit, freedom to have guns,’ Kendi said

There is a link between the “freedom to enslave” and the “freedom to have guns,” according to Boston University Professor Ibram Kendi.

Kendi (pictured) told host Margaret Brennan that “throughout the nation’s history, there’s been two perspectives on freedom, really two fights for freedom.”

“Enslaved people were fighting for freedom from slavery, and enslavers were fighting for the freedom to enslave, and in many ways, that sort of contrast still exists today,” Kendi said.

“There are people who are fighting for freedom from assault rifles, freedom from poverty, freedom from exploitation, and there are others who are fighting for freedom to exploit, freedom to have guns, freedom to maintain inequality,” Kendi said.

Kendi did not further elaborate or explain the connection between white supremacy or “the freedom to enslave” and gun ownership.

Pew Research Center polling data shows that while the percentage of gun ownership compared to the general population is highest among whites (36 percent of white Americans say they are gun owners), 24 percent of blacks and 15 percent of Hispanics also say they own a gun.

Kendi: We must teach our children to identify white supremacist ideology

Kendi described how parents can explain racism and white supremacy to their children and protect them from its effects. Despite protective measures, however, Kendi likens white supremacy to an inescapable danger like car traffic which can only be prudently managed, not challenged or entirely avoided.

“The way that we protect our kids from [white supremacy] is ensure they can identify white supremacist ideology and the way they can identify white supremacist ideology is to teach them about it,” Kendi said.

“There’s no way they’re going to be able to protect themselves from it just like they can’t protect themselves from cars. They have to understand to look both ways whether they’re teenagers or young people so they won’t get harmed,” he said.

Kendi’s ongoing efforts to equip children for an allegedly white supremacist world include two new books “aimed at counteracting racism,” CBS News Boston reported June 13.

One is a parenting book called “How to Raise an Antiracist,” and the other is a child’s book called “Goodnight Racism,” a play on the classic text “Goodnight Moon,” CBS reported.

The author told CBS it’s wrong to assume that “kids don’t see color.”

“At 3 years old, kids are attaching skin color to positive or negative traits,” Kendi said.

“I want us to counteract that as parents,” he told the news outlet.

MORE: Kendi alarmed by daughter’s ‘blue-eyed white doll’

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