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 : Random House Large Print, [2020]
Edition: First large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780593396803
Branch Call Number: Large Print 305.800973 Ken
Characteristics: viii, 610 pages
Alternative Title: How to be an anti-racist


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Ibram X. Kendi writes about his own awakening to anti-racism, and helps the reader to interrogate their own biases, policies and social arrangements that support white supremacy.

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Jan 13, 2021

Wow, circular reasoning and self-referential experience does not lead one to higher ground. Very disappointed in this author's so-called way out of racism when he can't even define it.

Jan 10, 2021

A book without nuance! Felt like the words race and racism were being jammed through my head with a battering ram on every page. The ideology seems relevant only in an ethereal world without actual people. Kendi supports his logic with anecdotes pulled from America's ugly history of abuse and discrimination of blacks, but he gets way ahead of the facts in his attempt to systematize history and human behavior. I find his arguments shallow and emotional and lacking evidence.

Nevertheless, this book is so important in understanding our current obsession with racial identity and the victim mindset that is driving irreconcilable wedges through American society.

Jan 06, 2021

I am more confused than ever after reading this book. He gives "definitions" of terms that, apparently, he has made up and all of them are self-referring. He never does define the basic term "racism" but has many different definitions of "racist" depending on what lens who look at it, e.g., biological racist, cultural racist, colorism racist, class racist, etc., etc. You name it and it's a racist issue. Argh. He has himself caught on a treadmill and there is no exit (but I'm probably racist for saying that ...). I do not recommend this author.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Dec 10, 2020

Kendi has delivered a well written book with his personal story of his development as an antiracist. The only sticking point for me was the repetitive nature of defining racist versus antiracist at the beginning of each chapter for the various subjects (space, sex/gender ...).

Dec 06, 2020

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Nov 28, 2020

Sadly, the federal police, colluding with antifa, did murder Ashli Babbit and this incredible camera work by Masako shows their collusion --- God bless her for taking it to the Real News and not the corrupt feds! God bless her!

More pseudo-sociology foisted as "science" -- also read some recent articles by him which (1) makes one think the accreditation of Boston University should be seriously questioned, and (2) this is a despicable human being -- the last type which should be writing on this subject?! [In these past some months we have witnessed an "academic" at San Francisco State claim that looting and destruction of small businesses and private property is perfectly acceptable --- and any number of other "academics" concurred --- and another "academic" at George Washington University who was passing as a Black-American claim it is acceptable for a Black youth gang to beat to death a young, innocent Black teen --- these types aren't fit to be eployed and certainly not in academia!?] This pseudo-academic is promoting the Maoist agenda --- is he so uneducated that he believes he is fooling anybody?

Nov 27, 2020

Less a practical "how to" book than a work of carefully explicated definitions of racism and antiracism, this is excellent -- far superior to another currently popular book, White Fragility.

Oct 14, 2020

Rather than a how-to book, there is a tremendous amount regarding the Kendi's personal history and journey toward becoming an antiracist. I found this to be a bit distracting. That said, the book still has plenty of value and is worth reading in addition to many other books about race.

Sep 28, 2020

American University professor and Black activist Ibram Kendi packs three unique books inside this popular book: an academic study of racism, a personal memoir about growing up Black, and a cultural history of "White on Black" racism in the United States. Unfortunately, the academic side of this book is poorly constructed. Kendi frequently introduces self-contradictory ideas, leaps to dramatic conclusions without supplying sufficient evidence, and fails to examine racism from more than one cultural viewpoint. On the other hand, Kendi's personal memoir about Black culture in the United States is engaging and honestly told. Finally, Kendi's history of African American racism is accurate, well-cited, and very interesting. No matter which of these three topics Kendi is addressing, his writing style is excellent, making this book a great pleasure to read. It is clear that Kendi is very passionate about his subject matter! My greatest disappointment was that Kendi approaches the topic of racism almost entirely from a narrow "White on Black" perspective within the United States rather than considering global racism or examining racism amongst different cultural groups.

Sep 25, 2020

Mustang - I can tell by your comment you are one of those low IQ bible/trump humping hate-filled evangelicals. Why don't you ask yourself why you have to lie in your comments? Did baby jebus tell you to? You should be ashamed and repent for your lies and stupidity. The majority of white rioters were actually trump humping white supremacists.

". . . Some of the 40 arrests made in the Twin Cities Friday night were of people linked to white supremacist groups and organized crime."

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