How to Be An Antiracist

How to Be An Antiracist

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""The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it--and then dismantle it." Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America -- but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. ...Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. In this book, Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. ...An essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society." --
Publisher: New York : One World, 2019
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780525509288
Branch Call Number: 305.80097 K341K 2019
Characteristics: viii, 305 pages ; 22 cm


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Adult Nonfiction. “Title notwithstanding, this latest from the National Book Award-winning author is no guidebook to getting woke. In fact, the word ‘woke’ appears nowhere within its pages. Rather, it is a combination memoir and extension of Atlantic columnist Kendi's towering Stamped From the Be... Read More »

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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 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.

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.

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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