Penguin Young Readers announced Wednesday that bestselling “anti-racism” race hustler Ibram X. Kendi’s next book will be a children’s story called Goodnight Racism, apparently modeled after the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon.
“’Goodnight Racism’ is not about what is; it is about what can be,” Kendi wrote in a statement. “It is about the good morning of an equitable and just world after wishing racism goodnight.” The book is illustrated by Cbabi Bayoc and is scheduled to come out June 14.
Kendi won the National Book Award in 2016 for Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. He has since published three books, including How to Be An Antiracist and a collaboration with Jason Reynolds, STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You. He is founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.
Kendi — whose real name is the “whiter”-sounding Ibram Rogers — has become wealthy and influential by promoting the divisive, demonstrably false notion that white Americans are irredeemably racist and that the country is rooted in, and sustained by, racism and white supremacy. His most recent work, including his forthcoming book, seems designed to target the impressionable minds of young children, which Kendi can more easily indoctrinate into his racist worldview.