How to Be An Antiracist

How to Be An Antiracist

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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Combines ethics, history, law, and science with a personal narrative to describe how to move beyond the awareness of racism and contribute to making society just and equitable.
Publisher: New York : One World, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780525509288
0525509283
Characteristics: viii, 305 pages ; 22 cm

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Ibram X. Kendi writes powerfully about racism, how it affects each one of us, and what we can do. "The good news is that racist and antiracist are not fixed identities. We can be a racist one minute and an antiracist the next. What we say about race, what we do about race, in each moment, d... Read More »


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BASLM
Jan 13, 2021

Wow, circular reasoning and self-referential experience does not lead one to higher ground. Very disappointed in this author's so-called way out of racism when he can't even define it.

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crowcall
Jan 10, 2021

A book without nuance! Felt like the words race and racism were being jammed through my head with a battering ram on every page. The ideology seems relevant only in an ethereal world without actual people. Kendi supports his logic with anecdotes pulled from America's ugly history of abuse and discrimination of blacks, but he gets way ahead of the facts in his attempt to systematize history and human behavior. I find his arguments shallow and emotional and lacking evidence.

Nevertheless, this book is so important in understanding our current obsession with racial identity and the victim mindset that is driving irreconcilable wedges through American society.

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PLM_26
Jan 06, 2021

I am more confused than ever after reading this book. He gives "definitions" of terms that, apparently, he has made up and all of them are self-referring. He never does define the basic term "racism" but has many different definitions of "racist" depending on what lens who look at it, e.g., biological racist, cultural racist, colorism racist, class racist, etc., etc. You name it and it's a racist issue. Argh. He has himself caught on a treadmill and there is no exit (but I'm probably racist for saying that ...). I do not recommend this author.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Dec 10, 2020

Kendi has delivered a well written book with his personal story of his development as an antiracist. The only sticking point for me was the repetitive nature of defining racist versus antiracist at the beginning of each chapter for the various subjects (space, sex/gender ...).

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pamlai88
Dec 06, 2020

page 28

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StarGladiator
Nov 28, 2020

Sadly, the federal police, colluding with antifa, did murder Ashli Babbit and this incredible camera work by Masako shows their collusion --- God bless her for taking it to the Real News and not the corrupt feds! God bless her!

https://youtu.be/5nvqvvsqJ_s
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More pseudo-sociology foisted as "science" -- also read some recent articles by him which (1) makes one think the accreditation of Boston University should be seriously questioned, and (2) this is a despicable human being -- the last type which should be writing on this subject?! [In these past some months we have witnessed an "academic" at San Francisco State claim that looting and destruction of small businesses and private property is perfectly acceptable --- and any number of other "academics" concurred --- and another "academic" at George Washington University who was passing as a Black-American claim it is acceptable for a Black youth gang to beat to death a young, innocent Black teen --- these types aren't fit to be eployed and certainly not in academia!?] This pseudo-academic is promoting the Maoist agenda --- is he so uneducated that he believes he is fooling anybody?

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rlbeekman
Nov 27, 2020

Less a practical "how to" book than a work of carefully explicated definitions of racism and antiracism, this is excellent -- far superior to another currently popular book, White Fragility.

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davidgut76
Oct 14, 2020

Rather than a how-to book, there is a tremendous amount regarding the Kendi's personal history and journey toward becoming an antiracist. I found this to be a bit distracting. That said, the book still has plenty of value and is worth reading in addition to many other books about race.

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kwsmith
Sep 28, 2020

American University professor and Black activist Ibram Kendi packs three unique books inside this popular book: an academic study of racism, a personal memoir about growing up Black, and a cultural history of "White on Black" racism in the United States. Unfortunately, the academic side of this book is poorly constructed. Kendi frequently introduces self-contradictory ideas, leaps to dramatic conclusions without supplying sufficient evidence, and fails to examine racism from more than one cultural viewpoint. On the other hand, Kendi's personal memoir about Black culture in the United States is engaging and honestly told. Finally, Kendi's history of African American racism is accurate, well-cited, and very interesting. No matter which of these three topics Kendi is addressing, his writing style is excellent, making this book a great pleasure to read. It is clear that Kendi is very passionate about his subject matter! My greatest disappointment was that Kendi approaches the topic of racism almost entirely from a narrow "White on Black" perspective within the United States rather than considering global racism or examining racism amongst different cultural groups.

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GeneralAmerica
Sep 25, 2020

Mustang - I can tell by your comment you are one of those low IQ bible/trump humping hate-filled evangelicals. Why don't you ask yourself why you have to lie in your comments? Did baby jebus tell you to? You should be ashamed and repent for your lies and stupidity. The majority of white rioters were actually trump humping white supremacists.

". . . Some of the 40 arrests made in the Twin Cities Friday night were of people linked to white supremacist groups and organized crime."

https://www.courthousenews.com/minnesota-officials-link-arrested-looters-to-white-supremacist-groups/

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/umbrella-man-white-supremacist-suspect-minneapolis-police-protests/

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