News Analysis Jul 1, 2021 8:07 PM EST

WATCH: Ibram X. Kendi argues with himself

Ibram X. Kendi contradicted his past statements in a recent interview with Joy Reid, saying that "white-people aren't inherently racist" after years of teaching that white people are, in fact, racist.

WATCH: Ibram X. Kendi argues with himself
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Professor and author Ibram X. Kendi contradicted his past statements in a recent interview with MSNBC host Joy Reid on Monday, saying that "white-people aren't inherently racist" after years of teaching that white people are, in fact, racist.

"Do you believe that white Americans are inherently racist?" Joy Reid asked, host of MSNBC's Reid Out.

"Oh, I do not," Kendi said. "How to be an anti-racist, I make the case that we shouldn't believe that anyone is inherently racist or that we should identify anyone as a racist."

However, Ibram X. Kendi's statement to Reid completely contradicts the comments he has said in the past regarding his anti-racist teachings.

In a past interview on CBS This Morning, Kendi said that it's critical for white people to stop denying that their racist.

"You've said that to end white privilege, you have to, you have to deal with racism first, right?" the CBS host asked Kendi.

"Yeah. And I mean, as Robin talked about it, it is critical for white people, for people in general, to stop denying their racist ideas. To stop denying the ways in which policies have benefited them. To stop denying their racism and to realize that actually the heartbeat of racism itself is denial and the sound of that heartbeat is I'm not racist," Ibram X. Kendi continued, statements clearly contradict his interview with Joy Reid.

The Trump administration had banned the introduction of critical race theory in government institutions and companies contracted by the government in an effort to combat discrimination. The ban was revoked via executive order on President Joe Biden's first day in office.

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