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Ibram X. Kendi
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How to Be an Antiracist

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  2,712 ratings  ·  566 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 ourselves.

“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it.”

Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by One World (first published August 13th 2019)
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Jack Heller You may try Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I No Longer Talk to White People about Race, for a book addressed to British citizens specifically.
Nick Kendi released a book club kit last month! It has some great discussion questions, his own antiracist reading list, and a syllabus with recommended…moreKendi released a book club kit last month! It has some great discussion questions, his own antiracist reading list, and a syllabus with recommended reads based on topic. Direct link to the PDF:
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Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-stars
It is only fitting that this book is being released after the past several weeks of racists attacks by politicians and mass shootings in the name of White Supremacy. After witnessing these acts many Americans will say "I'm not like that, I'm not a racist. I don't have a racist bone in my body". Ibram Kendi’s newest book addresses that mindset. In his follow up to Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Kendi argues that the dichotomy of either being a ...more
Pouting Always
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone lent this to me because they found it really useful and resourceful for thinking about antiracism especially in the context of doing organizing. I did enjoy the reading the book but I also think personally I had been exposed to a lot of these same ideas already, especially by women of color activists/organizers. So while I think it's a really good book for anyone still trying to gleam out their own concepts of race and how to actively engage with racism, I didn't come away with that much ...more
Disclaimer: I received an ARC via Netgalley.

Shortly after I finished this book, I put a quote from it up on the board in my classroom. At one point, Kendi argues that white supremacy is also anti-white and a form of genocide on whites. This is in addition to the attacks on non-whites. The interesting thing is that the black students (I use black because not all of the students are American citizens) were all nodding their heads, and the while students were all WTF.

But that idea of challenge of
Traci at The Stacks
So great. What an amazing human Kendi is. His ability to reflect on his own racist actions and thoughts is profound. I love his approach and think his insights are fantastic. The use of memoir with the definitions of types of racism and antiracism are really smart. I really enjoyed this book, though if you’ve read Stamped from the Beginning (his previous book) you may find this one redundant or slightly more elementary. If you haven’t attempted Stamped because it’s intimidating this might be a ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is so much in Kendi’s book that is useful and challenging.

"One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of “not racist.” The claim of “not racist” neutrality is a mask for racism."

"THIS BOOK IS ultimately about the basic struggle we’re all in, the struggle to be fully human and to see that others are fully human."

"The source of racist ideas was not ignorance and hate, but self-interest."

Chris Blocker
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've a longstanding interest in Malcolm X. There were many aspects of his character that fascinate me. One is the transformation he made in the final year of his life—his second awakening, the birth of el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz. In these days, el-Shabazz embraced the idea that there were other factors that went into making one “a devil,” not merely one's ethnicity. His overnight change of heart opened up considerable possibilities, a movement with a more unified front. I always wondered where ...more
Claudia Amendola
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.

Okay, I worry about the ratings this book will get and whether or not they are truly honest. North Americans have an extremely bad habit of being so far left that any criticism of commentary on sexism, racism, homophobia, etc means you’re a racist/misogynist/homophobe/etc. I notice this book has straight 5-star reviews on Goodreads, many without commentary. Why? What about this book makes it deserving of five stars? Because the topic is important? Yes, it is. But
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I pre-ordered this book the day it was announced because I loved Kendi’s first book, but then I delayed reading it because I thought it was going to be a lecture and that it would go over familiar material. That’s not what the book was. It was a fascinating memoir that is pretty humble and humane. I like that he searches his past for his mistakes and how he brings compassion to this topic. This one is probably required reading.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want all of America to do a big book club with this book. There’s so much here and I want to write a full review of this books brilliance - Kendi’s straightforward definitions, his use of memoir and history. What surprised me the most is I wasn’t sure I agreed with everything he said, especially the “powerless defense” and the chapter on racism against Whites. I loved this book & will try to write a coherent review. What I have to say now is: PREORDER THIS.

Thanks to One World Books for the
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, faves
Monumental work!
The book of the century.
Carmel Hanes
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book offers an honest detailing of how Kendi's view of himself as a black man in America evolved over time, and how his understanding of racism morphed as he matured and experienced various influences in an environment that continues to display policies and institutional structures that are divisive and oppressive. The definitions and delineations he provides make important distinctions between policies that are driven by "segregationist", "assimilationist", or antiracist thought.

He posits
Ryan Ebling
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many times is Dr Kendi going to write a book that changes my life? So far, he's done it twice. This book has the potential to change the world. I am not exaggerating.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part memoir, part literature review, and part manifesto, this should be required reading for EVERYONE. Kendi dives deeply into the (shockingly short!) history of racism to explore the roots of racist policies and brutally self-reflect on the origins of his own racist ideas. A lot of this resonated with thoughts I've glimpsed at the recesses of my brain, but hearing Kendi's explicit definitions and explanations really helped me to concretize many truths about racism and racist policies in ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
Kendi brings the same strong moral vision to his memoir as he did to his powerful history of American racism, STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING. Though I would say I personally preferred his voice channeled in the historical non-fiction genre over the memoir/personal essay genre, this is still an incredibly resonant & coherent argument about why simply being "not racist" isn't a sufficient bar for Americans to clear. To be "not racist" is to be passive against (and therefore complicit in) racist ...more
Tessy Consentino
Should be required reading for everyone.
I thought I was a subpar student and was bombarded by messages—from Black people, White people, the media—that told me that the reason was rooted in my race…which made me more discouraged and less motivated as a student…which only further reinforced for me the racist idea that Black people just weren’t very studious…which made me feel even more despair or indifference…and on it went. (p. 6)

What is racism? How can we remove it from our world? Our goal is not to become not racist but, as Ibram
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
Ibram X. Kendi covers a lot of ground in How to be an Anti-Racist. I believe we all are his intended audience, no matter our race, color, sexual or gender identities, political affiliation, or any other segmentation you might consider. He makes it clear that this issue of racism versus anti-racism is intersectional. His ideas also connect both perspectives with many other ways we segment “us” and “them.” Racism touches it all, as does his concept of anti-racism.

If you believe you are a “woke”
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five luminous stars! This is a bold book of reckoning. Kudos to Ibram Kendi for having the testicular fortitude to bring new ideas to the marketplace. Although antiracism isn’t necessarily a brand new idea, Kendi has placed his indelible stamp on it and will now be forever linked to it with this very important book. One of the things that impress, and is helpful in discussion and debate are clear definitions. As he did in his previous work, Stamped From The Beginning he is laborious about ...more
Will Ejzak
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential for anyone living in the United States. Kendi presents a unified theory of tolerance (though that's probably the wrong word) that feels both obvious and revelatory.

The title is almost a misnomer. Kendi makes it clear that if you're exclusively antiracist, you're missing the point; because all forms of tolerance are deeply interrelated, you can't be antiracist without also being anticapitalist (and anti- all policies that reinforce or fail to address social inequalities centuries in
Calvinist Batman

This book stirred many thoughts and convictions in me. I didn't realize Kendi's church background. When reading Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, it felt like he was an atheist (which he might be). I didn't think he understood what the church is really like. I can no longer say that. Mind you, this book wasn't an attack of the church, but it did color and nuance his arguments better. There definitely is some Christian underpinnings to this
Quotes from unproofed arc:

"I do not use 'microagressions' anymore. I detest the post-racial platform that supported its sudden popularity. I detest its component parts--'micro' and 'aggression.' A persistent daily low hum of racist abuse is not minor. I use the term 'abuse' because aggression is not as exacting a term. Abuse accurately describes the action and its effects on people: distress, anger, worry, depression, anxiety, pain, fatigue, and suicide.
What other people call racial
Debbie Notkin
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ibram X. Kendi established himself as a pivotal thinker on racism with Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award. Now he is making headlines everywhere with this book, which can be framed as the personal and specific roadmap to translate the facts and interpretations of Stamped into a call to action.

He does this by providing his own personal struggle with every aspect of racist ideas, and pairing those personal struggles with
The Black Syllabus
(3.5 stars)

How To Be An Antiracist is truly revolutionary. I was expecting this book to be affirming; similar to Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, I was expecting to readily agree with everything Kendi said. I was not expecting Kendi to challenge many of my own beliefs and thought patterns. Some of his arguments changed my mind, while others I disagree with. This is a book I will definitely need to read again, and will probably update my review once I do so.

[One of] the main argument[s] - that to
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have confidence that this book, when finally born into the world, is going to grow into a movement that will do incredible things.

I'm a white woman. I'd like to think that I'm "not a racist". The problem is that I don't know what I don't know. This book was carefully crafted to include copious amounts of research and data, while also vulnerably and transparently sharing the author's own journey through racism.

Through the course of this book, I've learned that being "not a racist" is not
I liked most of it, identified with some assimilationist thoughts I’d been thinking after moving to the United States (in India, being one of the majority I didn’t really have to think about carrying the burden of a nation in how I presented myself), and a lot of the racist ideologies make my stomach churn, but it didn’t really surprise me. There’s some good advice about avoiding racist thought altogether, and how hard it is because most of it is supposedly well meaning and innocent. I read it ...more
Edward ott
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone needs to read this book. I was truly amazed at the authors self examination.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite book on race so far, after Stamped from the Beginning. I have been waiting for this one for a long time. Part memoir, part world history, part U.S. history, part rallying speech, comprehensively covering emotion, perception, law, policy, gender, intersectionality in general, and so much more. Ibram is introspective; he acknowledges his own racial perspectives/projections (whether toward self or toward others). He is intelligent and data-driven; in multiple of his books he ...more
Barbara Atlas
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
I learned a whole lot of terrible history from reading Stamped from the Beginning but didn’t know what to do with all that new understanding. The outstanding New York Times review last Sunday got me well through this fresh, new book, and I’ve been learning more and more about what NOT to do. I am guessing by the end, I’ll have a better idea of what I need to DO - like hoping everyone I know will read it and maybe joining or starting a discussion group in Goodreads.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the best books I've read. I study and write about the history of race in America, so I'm often reading books and articles on the topic. Most of those books and articles seem inaccessible to people who don't study history or race. I would recommend Kendi's book to any and everyone. This book will give you the history of race and racism while connecting to Kendi's personal experiences and present-day issues in the form of a self-help book.

For those who don't understand what
Conor Ahern
This is one of those books: people who really need it are not going to pick it up, and people who are already on board probably won't get too much out of it. I like to think I'm in the latter camp; perhaps that overly flatters me, but there wasn't a whole lot going on in this book that I hadn't thought about, or struggled with, only to come out on Kendi's side.

Who knows, maybe this will be a book that people get for their benighted friends and relatives as gifts to spark conversations, or to
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