Why Does Everything Have to Be About Race?

25 Arguments That Won't Go Away


By Keith Boykin

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If you’re Black, certain accusations just won’t go away, says New York Times-bestselling author Keith Boykin. Why Does Everything Have To Be About Race? debunks 25 of the most common claims used to refute America’s racist past and present.

“The Civil War was about states’ rights, not slavery!”
“If you don’t like it here, you should go back to Africa.”
“What about Black-on-Black crime?”
“You’re just playing the race card.”
There’s a whole arsenal of popular “gotchas” that crop up again and again in discussions about race in America. According to the people who use them, Critical Race Theory is a dangerous threat that promotes racial hatred, and affirmative action is reverse discrimination. At the same time, they insist that racism ended with the Obama presidency, and Black people should be grateful for the privilege of living in the United States.
In Why Does Everything Have to Be About Race? Keith Boykin sets the record straight, explaining why such all-too-common assertions are simply not true. Effortlessly combining history, pop culture, and stories from his own life, Boykin lays out the truth about anti-Black racism and white supremacy in America. Racist lies and misbeliefs just don’t seem to go away—but with the help of this book, they also won’t go unchallenged.


On Sale
Jan 23, 2024
Page Count
224 pages
Bold Type Books

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Keith Boykin

About the Author

Keith Boykin is a TV and film producer, national political commentator, New York Times best-selling author, and a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Keith has taught at American University in Washington, D.C., the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, and City College of New York. He is a co-founder and first board president of the National Black Justice Coalition and a Lambda Literary Award-winning author of six books. Boykin was a co-host of the BET talk show “My Two Cents,” starred on the Showtime reality television series “American Candidate,” worked as an associate producer of the film “Dirty Laundry,” and has appeared on numerous TV shows, including BET’s “Being Mary Jane.” He lives in Los Angeles.

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