How to Be an Antiracist
By Ibram X. Kendi
320 Pages, Size 5.75" x 8.5"
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR—The New York Times Book Review, Time, NPR, The Washington Post, Shelf Awareness, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews
From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a bracingly original approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society-and in ouselves.
"THE ONLY WAY TO UNDO RACISM IS TO CONSISTENTLY IDENTIFY AND DESCRIBE IT -AN THEN DISMANTLE IT."
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.
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
Kendi is the FOUNDING
DIRECTOR OF THE ANTIRACIST RESEARCH AND POLICY CENTER AT AMERICAN
UNIVERSITY as well as a Professor of History and International
Relations. He is also the editor of Black Perspectives, the leading
online platform for public scholarship on global black thought, history,
and culture. He works with the Random House Speakers Bureau and
addreses colleges and universities across the country. This is a
short primer of antiracist ideas and actions that will guide readers on
how to participate in building a truly antiracist society. It features a
UNIQUE AND EXCITING BLEND of memoir, history, social commentary, humor,
philosophy, and even imaginative fiction.Since the 2017
election, people have been hungry for a book that not only outlines
racist policies, practices, and thought, but PROVIDES A BLUEPRINT FOR
how to create a more just and equal society, one free of racism, sexism,
homophobia, etc. This book offers intersectional solutions and new ways
of thinking to challenge--and eliminate--biased behavior and see our
ourselves and each other in fresh ways.