How To Be an Antiracist

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Random House, Aug 15, 2019 - Philosophy - 320 pages

**SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**

'Could hardly be more relevant ... it feels like a light switch being flicked on' OWEN JONES

Not being racist is not enough. We have to be antiracist.

In this rousing and deeply empathetic book, Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center, shows that when it comes to racism, neutrality is not an option: until we become part of the solution, we can only be part of the problem.

Using his extraordinary gifts as a teacher and story-teller, Kendi helps us recognise that everyone is, at times, complicit in racism whether they realise it or not, and by describing with moving humility his own journey from racism to antiracism, he shows us how instead to be a force for good. Along the way, Kendi punctures all the myths and taboos that so often cloud our understanding, from arguments about what race is and whether racial differences exist to the complications that arise when race intersects with ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.

In the process he demolishes the myth of the post-racial society and builds from the ground up a vital new understanding of racism - what it is, where it is hidden, how to identify it and what to do about it.

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User Review  - RoeschLeisure - LibraryThing

Ibram Kendi has written an extraordinarily little book. He coalesces all the language and scholarship into something very simple. Policies of power. Policies are either racist or anti-racist. The term ... Read full review

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User Review  - MaowangVater - LibraryThing

Kendi begins by defining an antiracist as “One who is supporting an antiracist policy through their actions or expressing an antiracist idea.” (page 13) He argues that policies and laws are the cause ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist, which was also a Sunday Times bestseller; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. Kendi lives in Boston, Massachusetts.