How to Be An Antiracist

How to Be An Antiracist

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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 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 it's 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 I
Characteristics: viii, 305 pages ; 19 cm

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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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