The Myth of Race/The Reality of Racism

Mahmoud El-Kati


ISBN: 978-0-9882883-3-1
Soft cover • 64 pages
Released 2/2014 • $8.00


The Ashanti proverb says that “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, El-Kati poses his thesis on the concept of “race” and the impact of racism. In this second edition, he adds several other key essays addressing ideas that are often confusing to the public such as “nationality,” “culture” and ways to address “Man’s most dangerous myth” and confront the reality of racism.

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 perspectives of many great thinkers such as Thomas Jefferson who stated, “I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind.”

El-Kati does not mince words in his collection of essays. He states, “By racism, I mean ‘white supremacy’” and just as Nielly Fuller has said time and time again that “if you don’t understand the doctrine of ‘white supremacy’ you are going to be confused about everything else in this society.”

Cover Design: Rekhet Si-Asar