How to Be an Antiracist

by Ibram X. Kendi

Book Reviews

  • @SamuelHulick While privilege is fundamental to understanding the inequities of system racism, the book is quite good at just defining and talking the basic philosophy in inequity as it exists anywhere. I still recommend.Link to Tweet
  • I’m off of work for Juneteenth and will be spending some time today reading this. Also going to spend some time with my kids teaching them the significance of today. How are you spending the day? to Tweet
  • @BentTerp i think the book is really worth reading but here's the start of his discussion of standardized testing to Tweet
  • the title of "how to be an antiracist" is so brilliant because even without reading the book you get a simple, powerful way to reframe the conversation. obv the book gives you even more to work with to Tweet
  • .@DrIbram is the author of “How to be an Antiracist,” a book that is sold out and backordered because so many people have ordered it. His ask to move us forward: Build an anti-racist America. #OWNSpotlight to Tweet

About Book

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 about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. In this book, Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society. Advance praise for How to Be an Antiracist "This latest from the National Book Award-winning author is no guidebook to getting woke. . . . Rather, it is a combination of memoir and extension of . . . Kendi's towering Stamped From the Beginning that leads readers through a taxonomy of racist thought to anti-racist action. . . . Never wavering . . . Kendi methodically examines racism through numerous lenses: power, biology, ethnicity, body, culture, and so forth. . . . If Kendi is justifiably hard on America, he's just as hard on himself. . . . This unsparing honesty helps readers, both white and people of color, navigate this difficult intellectual territory. Not an easy read but an essential one."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "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 antiracist 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