How to Be An Antiracist

How to Be An Antiracist

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a "groundbreaking" ( Time ) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society--and in ourselves.

"The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind."-- The New York Times

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review * Time * NPR * The Washington Post * Shelf Awareness * Library Journal * Publishers Weekly * Kirkus Reviews

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism--and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist , Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas--from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities--that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Praise for How to Be an Antiracist

"Ibram X. Kendi's new book, How to Be an Antiracist , couldn't come at a better time. . . . Kendi has gifted us with a book that is not only an essential instruction manual but also a memoir of the author's own path from anti-black racism to anti-white racism and, finally, to antiracism. . . . How to Be an Antiracist gives us a clear and compelling way to approach, as Kendi puts it in his introduction, 'the basic struggle we're all in, the struggle to be fully human and to see that others are fully human.' " --NPR

"Kendi dissects why in a society where so few people consider themselves to be racist the divisions and inequalities of racism remain so prevalent. How to Be an Antiracist punctures the myths of a post-racial America, examining what racism really is--and what we should do about it." -- Time
Publisher: New York : One World, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780525509288
0525509283
Branch Call Number: 305.8009 KENDI 2019
Characteristics: viii, 305 pages ; 22 cm

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peacebenow
Jun 28, 2020

I was expecting to read this book in Jan but it took a long time to become available. Reading it now couldn't be more timely. I really enjoyed the personal info Kendi intertwined w/ all the terms and factual information. This really is an excellent primer on how to be an Antiracist. Kendi grew up learning all the info he offers up. Could/should be considered required reading for everyone, has the potential to make our world more equal. It's not enough to be an antiracist individual. We all have to work to change the power, rules, laws that result in racism. That is the challenge.

STPL_JessH May 08, 2020

How to Be an Antiracist is outstanding. I believe it to be required reading for any discussion of racism and white supremacy.
This book is incredibly authentic. There are the requisite facts and figures, and then there are the feelings that Kendi is not afraid to share. He is careful and considerate in the way he approaches each and every type of racist and segregationist policy, practice, and notion he confronts. He is brave and vulnerable enough to share his own past thoughts and experiences with societal conditioning. He does not shy away from confronting people and institutions that are perpetuating racism; nor does he let anyone off the hook. Kendi writes that being antiracist is something that we have to continue to do; it is not an identity that we arrive at or something that we achieve in a single moment. I really appreciate the forward motion of the book even as Kendi draws on successes and failures in the past. This is one book in a long line of excellent works that demonstrate how to be antiracist. I highly, highly recommend this book. 

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sandraperkins
Dec 08, 2019

Mr. Kendi previously wrote Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. While Stamped From the Beginning is long and comprehensive, How to Be an Antiracist is short and powerful. It could indeed be a textbook for a course in How to Be an Antiracist, and it is a very helpful resource for any individuals who want to understand what racism is and how to change it.

How to Be an Antiracist is also a personal story of the author’s journey and the evolution of his understanding about what racism is and what it is not. Readers of Stamped From the Beginning will recognize some of the lessons the author explained in that book. He does not flinch from criticizing his own earlier understandings (many of which were unknowingly racist), and it is clear that his own understanding of racism, and how to be an antiracist, is continuing to evolve.

Here is one insight that resonated with me:

A racist policy is any measure that produces or sustains racial inequity between racial groups. An antiracist policy is any measure that produces or sustains racial equity between racial groups.

Mr. Kendi notes, “There is no such thing as a nonracist or race-neutral policy. Every policy in every institution in every nation is either producing or sustaining either racial inequity or equity between racial groups.”

ACL_ChrisS Nov 19, 2019

An intellectual history of racism coupled with Kendi's personal evolution on the topic. The book is a great way to learn more about racism and stretch your understanding about racism as a power construct. I wish he would have offered more on specific policies that should be addressed.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 10, 2019

A useful and important survey of thinking about race and racism...as well as a memoir of Dr. Kendi's thought evolution on the topic. The idea that the useful opposite of racism is active antiracism and rather than the neutral, do-nothing not-a-racist is really useful and an important distinction in how we use language to discuss and create policy around issues related to race.

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lynelliot
Sep 02, 2019

This book builds on the theory of racist ideas and racism that Kendi lays out in Stamped from the Beginning--that racist policies beget racist ideas to support them, not the other way around--in an exceedingly clear, thorough, and persuasive manner. Kendi also expounds on the three categories of racist, assimilationist, and anti-racist established in his earlier book, and incorporates the story of his own intellectual development as a person who unthinkingly accepted and promoted racist ideas, to someone who has struggled over time to rethink those ideas and arrive at an expansive understanding of anti-racism. Kendi also offers a clear-eyed prescription for anti-racist change, and makes a strong case for what constitutes effective protest and activism. It's concise, too. I get the sense that Kendi has put a lot of effort into presenting his ideas in as clear, direct, and boiled-down form as possible. Highly recommend this book.

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MSFNIECE
Jul 30, 2019

A good look at how different systems intersect, and the different kinds of racism.

OPL_DavidD Jul 30, 2019

A good look at how systems intersect and the different kind of racism that can emerge. A good primer for solidarity.

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