My Open Letter To Ibram X. Kendi - Bonus
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This month’s bonus episode is based on an open letter Coleman wrote to Ibram X. Kendi. 

In the letter, he invites Ibram to have a public conversation on Conversations with Coleman. As you know, we are living through a time in which great attention is being paid to the related issues of race, racism, and racial inequality. Even though their perspectives on these issues differ, a conversation between Coleman and Ibram would be fruitful.

To read Coleman's letter to Ibram head to

To ensure that some good comes of this, Coleman has set up a GoFundMe page, where all the proceeds raised will go to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), which funds scholarships for black students.

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