#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.
“The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.”—The New York Times
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • The Washington Post • Shelf Awareness • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews
Antiracism 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.
Kendi 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 society.
Praise for How to Be an Antiracist
“Ibram X. Kendi’s new book, How to Be an Antiracist, couldn’t come at a better time. . . . Kendi has gifted us with a book that is not only an essential instruction manual but also a memoir of the author’s own path from anti-black racism to anti-white racism and, finally, to antiracism. . . . How to Be an Antiracist gives us a clear and compelling way to approach, as Kendi puts it in his introduction, ‘the basic struggle we’re all in, the struggle to be fully human and to see that others are fully human.’ ”—NPR
“Kendi dissects why in a society where so few people consider themselves to be racist the divisions and inequalities of racism remain so prevalent. How to Be an Antiracist punctures the myths of a post-racial America, examining what racism really is—and what we should do about it.”—Time
Wonderful storytelling, humor, and teaching
I think he does a wonderful job of weaving storytelling & humor into teaching. So it’s not dry at all. Highly recommend. If you want to get real school-ish, there’s also a workbook that you can buy to accompany the book.
Hopeful, helpful, eye-opening
This book should be mandatory. I cannot believe that I just now read it in June 2020 because of the BLM protests, which I support in every way. At 65 years old, having been in college with Renne Edgars, and always thinking myself accepting, and open, and loving of everyone, this book knocked me on my butt in a good way! This has to be mandatory reading for everyone.
It is a little repetative because it needs to be — because otherwise how are we ever going to get it through our heads how much work we have to do!
Deeply Clarifying and Radically Hopeful
Dr. Ibram’s book is a hopeful, synthesizing gift to a generation of those who want to see Racism eradicated from the US in a breakthrough way. I identified with his embodied journey of suffering that led him to profound insights about the nature of racism and what it might take to apply “chemotherapy” to this national disease. He challenged my former definitions of racism and clarified that our focus can zero in on racist policies to see equitable change. This is a must read for anyone who considers themselves an anti-racist. It’s not a heavy slog- it’s a personal narrative that will rest on you like a light and deeply effective yoke. In his closing chapters, I found myself crying, snapping my fingers and feeling a swelling sense of creativity and hope in my own work and spheres of influence. Thank you for this gift, professor, and praise God you are still alive to give it to us.