How To Be An Antiracist, Ebook By Ibram X. Kendi, 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
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 interests with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How To Be An Antiracist, Kendi takes us through a widening circle of anti-racist 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.
Kirkus Review Of How To Be An Antiracist
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 Beginning (2016) that leads readers through a taxonomy of racist thought to anti-racist action. Never wavering from the thesis introduced in his previous book, that “racism is a powerful collection of racist policies that lead to racial inequity and are substantially by racist ideas,” the author posits a seemingly simple binary: “Antiracism is a powerful collection of anti-racist policies that lead to racial equity and are substantiated by anti-racist ideas.”
The author, founding director of American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center, chronicles how he grew from a childhood steeped in black liberation Christianity to his doctoral studies, identifying and dispelling the layers of racist thought under which he had operated.
“Internalized racism,” he writes, “is the real Black on Black Crime.” Kendi methodically examines racism through numerous lenses: power, biology, ethnicity, body culture, and so forth, all the way to the inter-sectional constructs of gender racism and queer racism (the only section of the book that feels rushed).
Each chapter examines one facet of racism, the authorial camera alternately zooming in on an episode from Kendi’s life that exemplifies it-e.g., as a teen, he wore light-colored contact lenses, wanting “to be Black but…not…to look Black”-and then panning to the history that informs it (the antebellum hierarchy that valued light skin over dark).
The author then re-frames these received ideas with inexorable: “Either racist policy or Black inferiority explains why White people are wealthier, healthier, and more powerful than Black people today.” If Kendi is justifiably hard on America, he’s just as hard on himself. Beginning began college “anti-Black racist ideas covered my freshman eyes like my orange contacts.” This unsparing honesty helps readers, both White and people of color, navigate this difficult intellectual territory.
Not an easy read but an essential one.
About The Author: Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.
A professor of history and international relations and a frequent public speaker, Kendi is a columnist at The Atlantic. He is the author of Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize. Kendi lives in Washington D.C.
In The Press Reviews
” What do you do after you have written Stamped From The Beginning, an award-winning history of racist ideas?…If you’re Ibram X. Kendi, you craft another stunner of a book…What emerges from these insights is the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind, a confessional of self-examination that may, in fact, be our best chance to free ourselves from our national nightmare.”-New York Times.
“Ibram Kendi is today’s visionary in the enduring struggle for racial justice. In this personal and revelatory new work, he yet again holds up a transformative lens, challenging both mainstream and anti-racist orthodoxy. He illuminates the foundations of racism in revolutionary new ways, and I am consistently challenged and inspired by his analysis. How To Be An Antiracist offers us a necessary and critical way forward.”-Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility.
“Ibram Kendi’s work, through both his books and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, is vital in today’s sociopolitical climate. As a society we need to start treating anti-racism as action, not emotion-and Kendi is helping to do that.”-Ijeama Oluo, author of So You Want To Talk About Race.
“A boldly articulated, historically informed explanation of what exactly racist ideas and thinking are…[Kendi’s] prose is thoughtful, sincere, and polished. This powerful book will spark many conversations.”-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law and science-including the story of his own awakening to racism-bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support.
Kendi weaves these all together in this wonderfully written book, which 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.
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