The limits of Netflix’s ‘Stamped from the Beginning’

The documentary weaves a history of anti-Black racism in America, though it makes some glaring omissions

By Herb Boyd

At the onset of Stamped from the Beginning, the Netflix documentary based on Ibram X. Kendi’s 2016 book of the same name, a question is posed to viewers and the participating scholars: “What is wrong with Black people?” The answer, unsurprisingly, is “nothing,” one respondent concludes. But it begs another question: “What is wrong with white people?” And that answer, too, is easily gleaned from this more than 90-minute production in the capable hands of director Roger Ross Williams...

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