There is an Ashanti proverb that says If you know the beginning well, the end won t trouble you. In this 20th anniversary release of Mahmoud El-Kati s The Myth of Race The Reality of Racism, he poses his thesis on the concept of race and the impact of racism. In this second edition, El-Kati adds several key essays addressing ideas that are often confusing to many such as nationality, culture and ways to address man s most dangerous myth – race. His critical analysis of race, racism and the doctrine of white supremacy provide profound insight into the destruction caused to human dignity and the impact on society s growth.
Mahmoud El-Kati, a historian who taught at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota, lays down the fundamental construct and history of race. He eloquently sheds light on the pseudoscientific underpinnings that has been built into the fabric of this nation – the United States of America. El-Kati warns that the lack of social justice for the U.S. s second oldest population – people of African descent – is the Achilles heel of this great nation.
DYK on this day in MoorStory365 that Mahmoud El-Kati was born on October 31, 1935. He is an African American educator, activist, lecturer, writer, and commentator on the African American experience. From Savannah, Georgia, he is the son of Rufus Williams and Razzie Garvan Williams. El-Kati is one of 3 siblings and graduated from Booker T. Washington H. S. in Miami, Florida. El-Kati also is a graduate of Wilberforce University where he majored in contemporary African American history. His many articles, essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, Insight News, The Spokesman, and The Nigerian Times and cover the “myth of race,” Ebonics, gang activity, African Americans and sports and other issues.
Professor El-Kati teaches courses on the history of blacks in the United States, American social movements, sports and the African American community, the social history of jazz and Afro-American folklore at MaCalaster College in #StPaul, Minnesota. He is co-founder and director of the annual Pan-African Conference at Mankato State University, which over the last 24 years, has featured discussions on African thought throughout the Diaspora. El-Kati is actively involved in several community organizations and KMOJ, a community radio station in #Minneapolis. He is the recipient of the National Association of Black Storytellers’ Zora Neale Hurston Award; given to people whose scholarly historical writings preserve the culture and tradition of African and African-American people in America.
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