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How to Be an Antiracist

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 ou... more

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TitleHow to Be an Antiracist
ReleaseAug 13th, 2019
PublisherOne World
GenreNonfiction, Race, Social Movements, Social Justice, Politics, Cultural, African American

How to Be an Antiracist Reviews

  • Raymond
    Aug 8, 2019
    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 rac... more
  • Traci at The Stacks
    May 24, 2019
    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 ... more
  • Christine
    May 9, 2019
    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... more
  • Chris Blocker
    Jul 3, 2019
    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 whe... more
  • Claudia Amendola
    Apr 30, 2019
    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. Bu... more
  • Allison
    Apr 27, 2019
    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 f... more
  • Mara
    Aug 15, 2019
    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 po K... more
  • Calvinist Batman
    Sep 2, 2019
    SUMMARY 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 bo ... more
  • Ryan Ebling
    Jul 9, 2019
    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.
  • Misha
    Jul 6, 2019
    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 microaggress... more
  • Andre
    Jul 25, 2019
    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... more
  • Chaitra
    Aug 16, 2019
    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 r... more
  • Becki
    Aug 1, 2019
    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 enou... more
  • Nate
    Jul 1, 2019
    Privileged to receive an advance reader’s edition. A fantastic, challenging, yet hopeful book - nothing short of mind-altering. Please read this and tell everyone you know to do the same.
  • Wendy
    Aug 21, 2019
    I have read STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING and was captivated by Ibram X. Kendi's intellect, acuity, and straight talk. I left that book seared and shaken. This is a much weaker outing, organized haphazardly, and unclear about its focus; a memoir; textbook; history book; wake up call?There is an old adage that Eskimos have 40 words for snow, and each word describes a distinct type of snow; important information when your survival depends on knowing and understanding snow. Kendi is working to bring s... more
  • Alix
    Aug 8, 2019
    I will be curious to hear what some of my more woke friends think about this when it comes out (I have an advance copy for review for On the Same Page). I have not read enough in this genre/on this topic to judge. What I did like was his honesty and vulnerability: he accuses his own past (and intermittently present) self for pretty much every kind of benighted -ism that he now works so hard as an antiracist to eradicate. His style of writing in this book is intentionally repetitive, as if to pou... more
  • Casey
    Aug 3, 2019
    Thanks to Random House for the free advance copy of this book.HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST is part memoir and part educational text. Kendi sets out anecdotes from his own life to illustrate the variety of ways racism manifests in America and how it is closely intertwined with other prejudices we hold. The writing in this book is simple and straightforward - you do not need a deep academic understanding of race to grasp the concepts Kendi brings to the reader. You will come away with that deep underst... more
  • Cavak
    Jun 28, 2019
    Felt like an angrier non-sports version of Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White to me. Both books target racism at their potential sources, present studies/reports that support an argument, and propose actions that may change or address an issue in a productive way for equality. They're both wise and enlightening African American perspectives that are written in the ripples of the Trump administration's publicized affronts.Between the two, I prefer Kareem's... more
  • Bethany
    Sep 3, 2019
    Thought-provoking, insightful, powerful and intimate, How to Be an Antiracist deftly weaves together personal memoir with essays on racism and anti-racism in a way that feels both public and intensely personal. Add this to your library of important works on race in America. In some ways, this is a followup to Kendi's groundbreaking book Stamped from the Beginning: A History of Racist Ideas in America and answers the question of: okay, now what? Once we understand what racism is and where it come... more
  • Will Ejzak
    Sep 5, 2019
    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 th... more
  • Gabby
    Sep 4, 2019
    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 k... more
  • Katie Goldey
    Aug 23, 2019
    I’m still not sure how I feel about every idea expressed in this book, and I think that’s what I love about it. Kendi challenges us to question and think for ourselves, and takes us down the path of what that has looked at for him. This does provide a new take on some traditional sociological ideology about racism. I love the focus on targeting racist policy and recognizing intersectionality of oppression, and the relationship between racism and capitalism.
  • Faith
    Aug 23, 2019
    I might read this book some day, but I can’t listen to the audiobook. The author, who reads his own book, makes too many pauses and puts them in weird places. He should have used a professional narrator.
  • Autumn
    Aug 1, 2019
    I am unsure how to rate definitively this book because I don't think I've fully processed it yet. A smart blend of personal anecdotes, historically significant events and quotes, and definitions, Kendi presents How to Be an Antiracistat a time when such a book is needed. His genius is that he's not pointing fingers at people. He admits to having racist tendencies, identifies the ways in which American culture feeds off and perpetuates racism, and invites readers to critically examine themselves.... more
  • Jocelyn
    Aug 20, 2019
    Kendi uses about 10% memoir as a framing device in this ethical manual. The strength of this, in my mind, is that he uses it to show the gradual, long-term development of his own antiracist thinking, in many places admitting to views he feels ashamed now to have held. I believe this is useful because I think sometimes white people struggle with knowing they don't know everything they should about race and look to people of color as experts on racism who come fully formed, which can create a tend... more
  • Ed
    Sep 5, 2019
    Definitely a 5-star read for the content/message and the "didn't see *that* coming" ending - plus I truly think one can never read enough about the experiences of minority populations, and none more so than African Americans with the "legacy" of slavery. Unfortunately, this is also a case of a book where the people who really need to read it the most, will not - and while there is not much "new" for those of us who strive to have empathy and a better understanding and for equality (if I can be b... more
  • Bookworm
    Sep 1, 2019
    The title already intrigued me and after seeing the author it seemed like it would be worth reading. Author Kendi is already known for his 'Stamped From the Beginning' so it seemed like this would be a good follow-up.Kendi alternates between his memories of encountering racism, how to respond, how society has responded to both him and the perpetrators, etc. He also talks about the medical trials he and his family go through. In between we also get text about racism, what it means to be anti-raci... more
  • Sonya
    Aug 13, 2019
    There’s no doubt that reading Kendi’s writing on antiracism has fundamentally shaped the way I think about race and racism. There’s much that is so important about this book.I really appreciated how Kendi shared his personal story of learning and internalizing and UNlearning racist, sexist, and homophobic ideas, and how he came to understand what anti-racism work really entails. His ideas about racism and antiracism has reframed the way I think. We are either racist or anti-racist, there i... more
  • Sanjida
    Aug 30, 2019
    Kendi's Stamped From the Beginning, his history of anti-black racism in America, was one of my top reads last year. This book is still worth your time, even if it's not as important or impressive. Some of the sections are stronger than others - I don't think his ideas on integration are adequately thought out (or maybe I just disagree). But for the most part I really appreciate how he blends the personal with the structural. I found his journey sympathetic and relatable. I'm also infuriated by t... more
  • Theresa
    Aug 23, 2019
    After writing Stamped from the Beginning (which I thought was brilliant), Kendi kept being asked how one can be an anti-racist which prompted him to write this book. He has an interesting style of blending personal narrative about his own life with his analysis of how anti-racism needs to work. In some ways, his analysis is quite simple: there is no such thing as a non-racist; you are either a racist or an anti-racist and we can be both. It takes constant personal vigilance to continue to work o... more