How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X Kendi s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America but even fundamentally points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves

  • Title: How to Be an Antiracist
  • Author: Ibram X. Kendi
  • ISBN: 0525509283
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ibram X Kendi s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America but even 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 Ibram X Kendi s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America but even 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 together 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store 12.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 320 pages Published August 13th 2019 by One World More Details ISBN 0525509283 ISBN13 9780525509288 Edition Language English Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about How to Be an Antiracist, please sign up Popular Answered Questions How relevant is the book to non Americans Is there something appropriate I can read with regard to Britain 1 likelike 28 days ago See all 2 answers Cavak The majority of the book points at the hypocrisy regularly expressed throughout North American culture with cursory mentions of other continents The majority of the book points at the hypocrisy regularly expressed throughout North American culture with cursory mentions of other continents Perhaps some of the attitudes expressed by Kendi s writings would carry over, but it would be presumptuous of me to assume they automatically will Regardless, I recommend this author interview for you Kendi states the broad strokes of his own book within it And it s not reading, but BBC radio has a Seriously episode that scratches the surface of some of Kendi s definitions in the scope of British culture You can download it until September less flag Im starting an Anti Racist Project in my community and we will be reading this book as part of our learning Does anyone know of some good book club discussion prompts of questions for this book like 11 days ago Add your answer BMR, LCSW Once you read this book, you will not need any prompts for discussion It will happen organically as soon as somebody says, What did you think Or if Once you read this book, you will not need any prompts for discussion It will happen organically as soon as somebody says, What did you think Or if you need them Do you agree with Kendi s definition of anti racist Why or why not What part of the book did you identify with the most Who do you want to tell about this book but are afraid to do so How has your perception of racism changed since reading this What scenarios reminded you of something that has happened in your own life What can you do tomorrow to actively fight racist policies in your communities we all have than one less flag See all 3 questions about How to Be an Antiracist Lists with This Book Anticipated Literary Reads For Readers of Color 2019 301 books 189 voters The Millions Most Anticipated The Great Second Half 2019 Book Preview July September 82 books 15 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.53 Rating details 382 ratings 117 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 115 More filters Sort order Aug 08, 2019 Raymond rated it it was amazing 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 racis 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 racist or not a racist is a false one We must choose to be racist or antiracist Kendi tells the reader how to be an antiracist by using history and his own biography He chronicles his own personal evolution of espousing racist ideas at a young age to his transformation as an adult Kendi places himself amongst the five individuals that he profiles in Stamped and in turn challenges us to question our own racist views that we all espouse This is an extremely personal book not just from the author s standpoint but from my own Before reading his last book Stamped from the Beginning, I would have considered myself not a racist but realized as I read Stamped that I held many assimilationist views I also believed that I couldn t be a racist because I am Black In this book, one of Kendi s most effective chapters dispels the myth that Blacks can t be racist because they are a racial minority He effectively shows that Blacks hold racist views of other Blacks which have been passed down to us by racist Whites Ultimately he argues that people of all races White, Black, Latinx, Asian, Native American, etc can be racists But the good news is that being racist is not set in stone Kendi tells us that we can change and become antiracist Read his book so you can figure out how Just like Stamped from the Beginning, How to Be An Antiracist has changed my thinking for the better Overall, Kendi s writing is amazing and beautiful I especially loved his use of transitions between chapters, it makes the book hard to put down Thanks to One World and Net Galley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review HowToBeAnAntiracist NetGalley flag 58 likesLike see review View all 10 comments May 09, 2019 Christine rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, netgalley and arcs, poc author artist, race issues 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 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 re defining, defining, and expanding terms is, in part, the point of this excellent book Kendi contends that not racist isn t the term we should be using, that it is a true neutral a phrase, too defensive and lets people who say it off He says the term that is the opposite of racism is anti racism, and that is what we all should aim to be He includes himself in this, well for lack of a better term quest, and the book is also a chronicle of his becoming an antiracist While reading this, I kept thing of Coates Between the World and Me, and in many ways this book is a letter to all the world For Kendi also details intersectional anti racism, applying not only to feminism but also support of the LGBTQ community as well as classism this is where the white supremacy being anti white comes in He also dissects and challenges terms and ideas such as his discussion about microaggressions or the connection between racism and power He challenges you, as he challenges himself, to become antiracist flag 36 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 24, 2019 Traci at The Stacks rated it it was amazing 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 elementary If you haven t attempted Stamped because it s intimidating this might be a b 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 elementary If you haven t attempted Stamped because it s intimidating this might be a better place to start flag 28 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 03, 2019 Chris Blocker rated it it was amazing 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 unified front I always wondered where el 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 unified front I always wondered where el Shabazz would ve taken us had he been given the chance I imagine he d have taught us a few things, even if most of us would ve been unwilling to listen.It may be presumptuous of me to make such a comparison, but I see a lot of el Shabazz in Ibram X Kendi Kendi is a brilliant, open minded scholar who, unlike many of his contemporaries, fesses up to a history of hatred Too many well intentioned people deny ever having or being capable of a racist thought by acknowledging his own racist past, Kendi puts himself on equal footing with those he s trying to instruct in the ways of anti racism The approach makes all the difference Guaranteed, some will read or glance at this book and see nothing but another black man who hates white people these are the same people who knew this would be the case before even turning the cover I imagine they re not the ones Kendi wrote this book for.In his previous book, Stamped from the Beginning, Kendi tackled the history of racism from its relatively unknown beginning, presenting a thorough and scholarly exploration in How to Be an Antiracist he breaks it down into a contemporary format, highlighting the complete spectrum of racial hatred, addressing the question of what it means to be truly anti racist By presenting his own personal story, Kendi puts his victimization and vulnerabilities in full view, a move that makes him infinitely accessible to the reader The result is a book that is incredibly inspiring How could a book about racism be inspiring By being informative, hopeful, and prescriptive By not hiding behind platitudes By keeping the tone instructive, not reactive and not incensed Kendi shows that he has a very strong grasp of the subject and though readers may disagree with a point or two of his from time to time no one is dissecting the issue quite as thoroughly, and certainly no one is presenting a means to dismantle the racist system one mind at a time, as Kendi strives to do here.All the time, I read reviews where people say everyone needs to read this We have our personal interests and biases one man s treasured book is another s kindling So take my recommendation for what it s worth I believe that every open minded individual, whether they blatantly embrace racist thought, hide behind not racism, or strive to be anti racist, can benefit from reading How to Be an Antiracist Maybe you won t be as touched by this book as I was Maybe you won t underline nearly as many passages as I did something I never do, by the way, emphasizing how much this book impacted me But I do think most of us will get something worthwhile out of it flag 22 likesLike see review Apr 30, 2019 Claudia Amendola rated it liked it 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 , many without commentary Why What about this book makes it deserving of five stars Because the topic is important Yes, it is But 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 , many without commentary Why What about this book makes it deserving of five stars Because the topic is important Yes, it is But was it executed in a manner deserving of five stars No, it wasn t I can anticipate the backlash I will get, already I can imagine the super Leftists raging about me being bothered by it insert whatever discriminatory stance they think I have, here I got this ARC from NetGalley, and I want to be honest with my review Part of that means not giving it five stars And I think it s important to mention I m not a far Right person either As Imam Tawhidi imamofpeace says Stay away from both the Far Left and the Far Right Keep a balance in all areas of life Disagreements are necessary and dialogue is healthy Maintain the peace So here is my straight from the middle honest review And let me start by saying that I really, really like Ibram X Kendi He s brilliant Anyway, onwards I don t think Anti Racist is a new term though the author seems to pitch it as something of his invention Anti hate as been floating around for a while, now there are a lot of groups called anti hate groups just do a quick google search.This book is strange because I feel like the idea and the layout of the ideas great chapter division, cool addition with the definitions is brilliant, but it s executed rather oddly Is it a memoir Is it a textbook Is it an informative narrative Is it an educational tool Or is it a place for storytelling lots of Christianity references that don t seem to completely interconnect I m not sure Even the definitions at the beginning of each chapter don t really say anything profound Here s an example Along with definitions for assimilationist and segregationist there was this definition Antiracist One who is expressing the idea that racial groups are equals and none needs developing and is supporting policy that reduces racial inequity.What This definition does not relate as an anti to the first two terms.And I agree racial groups are equals But there are plenty of white groups that need developing to improve themselves, for example And there are plenty of extremist racial groups that also need developing Everyone needs a little developing Or Biological antiracist one who is expressing the idea that races are meaningfully the same in their biology and there are no genetic racial differences.What My lack of melanin is genetic I don t understand Or Cultural Antiracist One who is rejecting cultural standards and equalizing cultural differences among racial groups.What does this even mean I tried to read the chapter to interpret it but I left Chapter 7 still confused.And I m not sure if I agree with space antiracism because I truly believe some spaces are not meant to be occupied by people of privilege That doesn t mean integration is banned, but I do believe some people believe equity involves private spaces for racial or sexuality groups When you ve spent years being marginalized and excluded from white spaces, who could blame you for searching for a protected racialized space And at the same time, I don t believe white spaces should be protected, because they re usually rooted in discrimination and not in a safe space for bonding Maybe I misunderstood this chapter I understand that reference to real experiences help develop lessons and learning, but I actually found the endless stories to be distracting from the educational message that I thought this book was meant to be about It seems to be advertised as an essay or a long TEDTalk on being anti Racist but perhaps it is actually a memoir of self discovery Maybe I entered this book with the wrong mindset Listen, I liked this book a lot But I didn t love this book This is not a book I would call a defining voice on anti Racism because it loses a bit of focus throughout and some messages are difficult to comprehend I wish it would have been executed differently I wish it was informative and less a narrative But that s me projecting my own needs on this text based on what I expected it to be I would have given it a 3.5 5 but since that s not possible, I m choosing to round down flag 13 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Apr 27, 2019 Allison rated it it was amazing 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 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 ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 12 likesLike see review Aug 15, 2019 Mara rated it really liked it 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 po 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 policies and ideas Rather, Kendi uses the story of his own life to argue passionately for the necessity of being ANTI racist, as an active agent against racist policies and ideas The fact that he produced such a strong piece of work while battling stage 4 colon cancer Remarkable and I loved how personal this experience in addition to his wife s experience of surviving breast cancer right after their wedding made his metaphors of cancer racism Fans of SFTB will not be disappointed, and I look forward to insightful work with lovely prose from this author in the future definitely recommend flag 6 likesLike see review Jul 09, 2019 Ryan Ebling rated it it was amazing 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 flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 06, 2019 Misha rated it it was amazing Shelves african american, nonfiction, civil rights, poc author, essays, politics, race, empowerment, racism, read 2019 Quotes from unproofed arc I do not use microagressions any 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 Quotes from unproofed arc I do not use microagressions any 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 microaggressions I call racist abuse And I call the zero tolerance policies preventing and punishing these abusers what they are antiracist Only racists shy away from the R word racism is steeped in denial 47 Assimilationists believe in the post racial myth that talking about race constitutes racism, or that if we stop identifying by race, then racism will miraculously go away They fail to realize that if we stop using racial categories, then we will not be able to identify racial inequity If we cannot identify racial inequity, then we will not be able to identify racist policies If we cannot challenge racist policies, then racist power s final solution will be achieved a world of inequity none of us can see, let alone resist Terminating racial categories is potentially the last, not the first, step in the antiracist struggle 54 I tried not to run away from the hypocrisy, either How can I get upset at immigrants from Africa and South America for looking down on African Americans when African Americans have historically looked down on immigrants from Africa and South America How can I critique their ethnic racism and ignore my ethnic racism That is the central double standard in ethnic racism loving one s position on the ladder above other ethnic groups and hating one s position below that of other ethnic groups It is failing to recognize that racist ideas we consume about others came from the same restaurant and the same cook who used the same ingredients to make different degrading dishes for us all 66 To be antiracist is to think nothing is behaviorally wrong or right inferior or superior with any of the racial groups Whenever the antiracist sees individuals behaving positively or negatively, the antiracist sees exactly that individuals behaving positively or negatively, not representatives of whole races To be antiracist is to deracialize behavior, to remove that tattooed stereotype from every racialized body Behavior is something humans do, not races do 105 But Du Bois discussed it An antiracist anticapitalism could seal the horizontal class fissures and vertical race issues with equalizing racial and economic policies Do Bois helped breed a new crop of antiracist anticapitalists before they were driven underground or into prison by the red scares of the 1950s, before resurfacing in the 1960s They are resurfacing again in the twenty first century in the wake of the Great Recession, the Occupy movement, the movements for Black Lives, and the campaigns of democratic socialists, recognizing there is an inexplicable link between racism and capitalism, to quote the Princeton scholar Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor 160 To love capitalism is to end up loving racism To love racism is to end up loving capitalism The conjoined twins are two sides of the same destructive body The idea that capitalism is merely free markets, competition, free trade, supplying and demanding, and private ownership of the means of production operating for a profit is as whimsical and ahistorical as the White supremacist idea that calling something racist is the primary form of racism Popular definitions of capitalism, like popular racist ideas, do not live in historical or material reality Capitalism is essentially racist racism is essentially capitalist They were birthed together from the same unnatural causes, and they shall one day die together from unnatural causes Or racial capitalism will live into another epoch of theft and rapacious inequity, especially if activists naively fight the conjoined twins independently, as if they are not the same 163 What if no group in history has gained their freedom through appealing to the moral conscience of their oppressors, to paraphrase Assata Shakur What if economic, political, or cultural self interest drives racist policymakers, not hateful immorality, not ignorance 206 The most effective demonstrations like the most effective educational efforts help people find the antiracist power within The antiracist power within is the ability to view my own racism in the mirror of my past or my present, view my own antiracism in the mirror of my future, view my own racial groups as equal to other racial groups, view the world of racial inequity as abnormal, view my own power to resist and overtake racist power and policy 215 It happens for me in successive steps, these steps to be an antiracist.I stop using the I m not a racist or I can t be racist defense of denial.I admit the definition of racist someone who is supporting racist policies or expressing racist ideas.I confess the racist policies I support and racist ideas I express.I accept their source my upbringing inside a nation making us racist.I acknowledge the definition of antiracist someone who is supporting antiracist policies or expressing antiracist ideas.I struggle for antiracist power and policy in my spaces Seizing a policymaking position Joining an antiracist organization or protest Publicly donating my time or privately donating my time to antiracist policymakers, organizations, and protests fixated on changing power and policy I struggle to remain at the antiracist intersections where racism is mixed with other bigotries Eliminating racial distinctions in biology and behavior Equalizing racial distinctions in ethnicities, bodies, cultures, colors, classes, spaces, genders, and sexualities I struggle to think with antiracist ideas Seeing racist policy in racial inequity Leveling group differences Not being fooled into generalizing individual negativity Not being fooled by misleading statistics or theories that blame people for racial inequity Racist ideas fooled me nearly my whole life I refused to allow them to continue making a fool out of me, a chump out of me, a slave out of me I realized there is nothing wrong with any of the racial groups and everything wrong with individuals like me who think there is something wrong with any of the racial groups It felt so good to cleanse my mind 226 7 The history of racist ideas is the history of powerful policy makers erecting racist policies out of self interest, then producing racist ideas to defend and rationalize the inequitable effects of their policies, while everyday people consume those racist ideas, which in turn sparks ignorance and hate Treating ignorance and hate and expecting racism to shrink suddenly seemed like treating a cancer patient s symptoms and expecting the tumors to shrink 230 flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 25, 2019 Andre rated it it was amazing 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 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 exactly defining the terms he uses Readers will appreciate this as it helps to flush out clarity And I would add, arms one against the attacks that are surely coming from all angles I distinctly remember the debate around Afrocentricity and all the myriad ways that people defined it The hijacking was possible because Molefi Asante possibly didn t go deep enough in his definition of Afrocentricity, although that was later definitively corrected.Kendi is seeking to avoid this error writing, defining our terms so that we could begin to describe the world and our place in it Definitions anchor us in principlesSome of my most consequential steps toward being an antiracist have been the moments when I arrived at basic definitions.So let s set some definitions What is racism Kendi having spent time in Asante s Africology Ph.D program at Temple University might account for some of this diligence.We ll come back to his definition, as that will surely become the cause of some attacks because he has dared to challenge long held beliefs about racism, racists, and who can and cannot be considered racists Whenever you are bold enough to offer new thoughts to the marketplace of ideas, you had better be ready for battle, and if this book is any indication Kendi is indeed ready Alongside his guide to becoming antiracist, he offers his own personal journey which adds a personal flavor to the book and keeps it from sagging into academic boredom So, for Black folk it s true that many of us have a definition of racism, that excludes Blacks from being racist, well Kendi challenges that and forces us to possibly make an adjustment to our definition That s going to be a tough one for sure, but his arguments here are very cogent and considering his definition of racism, quite logical When was the last time a book made you reconsider some defining principles Wow For non Blacks, just saying well I m not racist will no longer cut it To wit, What s the problem with being not racist It is a claim that signifies neutrality I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle The opposite of racist isn t not racist It is antiracist What s the difference One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist or racial equality as an antiracist With chapters on Power, Biology, Class, Black, White, etc Kendi has made a thorough attempt to spark a movement towards antiracism, that results in a world where people actively and consciously fight against racism Is that a pipe dream As detailed here in this text, if we accept the definitions then no, it is indeed achievable, but we must do the work and it starts with the man in the mirror That was the first place I went after finishing this book and contemplating this new definition of racism, So let s set some definitions What is racism Racism is a marriage of racist policies and racist ideas that produces and normalizes racial inequities Okay, so what are racist policies and ideas Damn you, Kendi What are racist policies and ideas, well you will have to get this book, READ and engage the ideas of antiracism and hopefully be on your way to becoming an Antiracist Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Oneworld Publishing for an advanced DRC Book will explode onto shelves Tues August 13, 2019 flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 16, 2019 Chaitra rated it really liked it Shelves racism segregation slavery, non fiction, politics, social justice 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 m 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 as the author s own struggle to free himself of his own racist, sexist and homophobic thoughts A couple of the chapters didn t completely click with me, but I expected that I also didn t realize that Kendi wrote his previous book about the racist history of America, that I m cautiously thinking of reading even the bits and pieces in this book were anxiety inducing flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 01, 2019 Becki rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, memoir biography, non fiction 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 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 enough progress is only made through Anti racism I ve learned that well intentioned people still sometimes do and say things that are painful, problematic, or flat out wrong I ve learned the importance of listening with humility to voices that are educated and informed than I am.I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I am normally a fast reader, and I read this book quickly, too, because I wanted to post my review in a timely fashion Really, though, this is a book that should be read slowly, to give the ideas time to marinate in your mind and soul This is a very dense book, and will give readers a lot to think about If you want to know better and do better, I really recommend this book My thanks to the author and publisher for the opportunity to read and share this important work HowToBeAnAntiRacist flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 01, 2019 Nate rated it it was amazing 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 flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 08, 2019 Alix added it I will be curious to hear what some of my 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 I will be curious to hear what some of my 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 pound home his points I tried to look at it as incantatory but only occasionally succeeded He says in the last section that he wrote this book at the request of readers of his previous book Please tell us how to be an anti racist I can see how this new book gets us partly there It eliminates all the excuses or false beliefs anyone can harbor for racism of any kind What I would like to have seen were some specific stories of people other than Kendi himself, in his relentless self examination working in anti racist ways, to change racist policies, for instance flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 03, 2019 Casey rated it it was amazing Shelves nonfiction Thanks to Random House for the free advance copy of this book 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 Thanks to Random House for the free advance copy of this book 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 understanding after reading this book This book helped me untangle a lot of things that get conflated in our society We often confuse race and ethnicity, or race and class, or many of the other subsets of racist thought laid out in each chapter I was made to think about these things from angles I had never considered before, and I closed the book with not only a better understanding of my own ingrained racism but a framework for working against it literally, how to be an antiracist flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 28, 2019 Cavak rated it liked it 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 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 writings because of the mindfulness, vulnerability, and forgiveness for ignorance He also covers topics for obtaining equality Kendi hugs a youthful and radical edge, despite his claims of aiming for balance with his guide Reminds me of the dark side of empathy, where openness is encouraged yet ripped to shreds at the slightest transgression Kendi doesn t venture that far into total alienation, but he does have the undercurrent In some of his definitions for antiracism, it felt like Kendi was smacking them onto the page with a vengeance Against his past misconceptions and to people who are unaware.One example that comes to mind about the tone Kendi legally changed his middle name once he learned it had old connections to slavery Yet that was not the original intent of the name at all It was in given to him in honor of his grandfather Good on him for doing what is right for his values, yet I m saddened at what was lost the spiritual eradication of a family tradition and history.Does the deletion of an English name somehow free Kendi from his grandfather s memory of suffering Would it be easier for his children to remember their great grandfather without his name But I might be over complicating things How to Be an Antiracist is half memoir, which makes sense to me Personal anecdotes may aid memory and empathy for a cause Textbooks and reference manuals are the only exceptions to this in my personal experience Without this aspect, I think the voice would ve been lost And while it is harsher than I would prefer, I think many will find the examples relevant to them.Thank you for writing this book, Kendi I hope you make it past those five years and fully recover.I received the book for free through Giveaways flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 01, 2019 Autumn rated it really liked it Shelves memoirs nonfiction 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 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 He provides a framework for how to go about antiracist thinking, including discussions of how racism intersects with classism, sexism, and homophobia His definitions and ideas act as a blueprint for those who are looking to change But this book isn t just about self reflection Kendi s main point is that policies are racist and approved by those in power out of self interest To be truly antiracist is to combat these policies My one criticism of this book is the way that language is repeated The definitions that Kendi presents are important, but they are often produced in pairs one the antithesis of the other that contain similar wording Some of his examples are also manufactured in this way Instead of having one or two solid examples, there is usually a laundry list that, while all important, are told in a rhythm that reduces their potency flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 21, 2019 Wendy rated it liked it 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 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 such distinctions to the world of racism and on the whole, making some very important distinctions that cut through the murkiness that permeates the complicated world of racism Important and necessary work.But, in my view, he didn t execute this intention consistently or very well.He starts by defining terms Racist, antiracist, biological racist, biological antiracist, etc And some of those definitions were so convoluted as to make no sense at all Ethnic Racism A powerful collection of racist policies that lead to inequity between racialized ethnic groups and are substantiated by racist ideas about racialized ethnic groups.Ethnic Antiracism A powerful collection of antiracist policies that lead to equity between racialized ethnic groups and are substantiated by antiracist ideas about racialized ethnic groups Okay Doesn t really cut through the miasma, in my view.He then delves into the origins of racist ideas, policies, and words by taking us back in history Enlightening and also a good refresher course for those of us who read the heavy hitting, Stamped from the Beginning.Then, for reasons I don t really understand, except maybe to let us know how Kendi himself was brought up to believe racist ideas, he interweaves his own life story throughout the book and his process of awakening from the racist attitudes he had absorbed and held Unfortunately, it makes the whole endeavor a hot mess, in my view.Kendi is a 37 year old academic, suffering from Stage 4 Colon Cancer, determined to start a movement that transforms racism into antiracism He posits the fight against Cancer with the fight against Racism as a similar kind of fight The body physical and political is being attacked from within and one has to BELIEVE it is possible to cure ourselves After a whole book that details the ugliness, pervasiveness, and consequences of self interested racism, I was left shaking my head Kendi s optimism, although I know important in his fight against Cancer, seems ill placed when dealing with selfish human nature That doesn t mean we don t fight, we do, because being antiracist is the only moral way to be human And I agree with him, we don t change human minds impossible , but we change policies that alter human behavior But let s get real, only until the next totalitarian government re institutes racist policies.This book had some very strong moments but it is not one that I will be recommending Stamped from the Beginning is far superior.I hope that Kendi is successful with his health challenge and is around for many years to come, to bring intelligence and insight about our human condition His is a necessary voice in the fight for equity for all flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 20, 2019 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing Shelves race 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 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 tendency in white people to give up on this area of expertise as one not reasonably achievable or one in which they fear an outsize risk of being punished for missteps Kendi s approach here, showing the pitfalls he encountered, is relatable and makes gaining knowledge in this area feel like the personal growth each of us experience, fallible as we are.The other strength of this work is the spare, sparkling clarity of its writing and instruction and its risk taking brave leadership Kendi walks with us through racism and antiracism, using just enough history to frame his thinking, and knocking down with clear thinking logic some of the attempted gotcha moment inconsistencies that critics of antiracist thought repeatedly deploy Interestingly, he capitalizes both White and Black and addresses the idea that Black people can t be racist because they don t have power His posing racism and antiracism against each other, rather than racist against the wishy washy and non commital not racist, makes it clear that none of us are ever sitting on the sidelines, and while undoubtedly challenging, this categorization leads to greater simplicity in thinking about what our actions will bring about.As with _Stamped From the Beginning_, this is a challenging work, but in this case it s challenging not because the content he delivers is as ugly as the history of racism in America, but because it makes it incontrovertibly clear that each of us, personally, are currently playing a role in that history whether we acknowledge it or not It s essential reading I m not sure it d always be the first book I d hand to a white person just starting to think about race, as the ability to directly confront one s complicity varies and depends on what information a particular person already has and is ready to take on board, but it certainly is a book for such a person willing to take a running start flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 19, 2019 Debby rated it liked it 3 4 not sure yetI m glad to have been able to read this so soon after publication More importantly, I appreciate the opportunity to learn a better framework and accurate language thought process It s too soon for me to rate the book I need to process I may never actually quantify The subject matter is critically important The author is thoughtful and intelligent Let s get to the work that needs to be done on ourselves and our society flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 06, 2019 Eric rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019 reviews TL DR Dr Ibram X Kendi s How to Be an Antiracist is a book I didn t know I needed This memoir stunned me, educated me, and forced me to take a look at myself It also inspired me to be better I highly recommend this book to everyone.Review cross posted at my blog Review How to Be an Antiracist Once while riding in a van headed to the airport after a few days of martial arts training, I told a story to the friends I traveled with I don t remember the story at all, but I distinctly remembe TL DR Dr Ibram X Kendi s How to Be an Antiracist is a book I didn t know I needed This memoir stunned me, educated me, and forced me to take a look at myself It also inspired me to be better I highly recommend this book to everyone.Review cross posted at my blog Review How to Be an Antiracist Once while riding in a van headed to the airport after a few days of martial arts training, I told a story to the friends I traveled with I don t remember the story at all, but I distinctly remember one part of it At some point, I said the black man and my friend replied, Why does he have to be black I got embarrassed, and the group laughed at the implication that I was racist Again, I don t remember what the story was about, but in a car full of white men, I knew the default version of man would be a white dude like us so differentiation was necessary My friend s offhand comment stuck with me in a wholly unexpected way I never told stories about white people, white men, or white women No, those stories were just people, men, and women My personal default definition of person equated to a white person It was a blind spot in my thinking that glared when brought to my attention Ultimately, personal mental blind spots rarely play a part in the discussion of racial relations Many white people think racism only means not saying the N word or burning a cross But because those are the signals we re looking for, we fail to see the subtler and insidious ways that racism pervades society Often, we don t see these subtle signs until someone points them out to us And even then, a large number of white people still refuse to see Since that day in the car, I ve tried to learn about my blind spots, about my default assumptions, and about my mistakes Mostly, this came in the form of reading American history and seeing how the U.S failed to ever reconcile the fact that it s founding included an inhumane institution But never have I dipped into the field of African American studies First, I never knew where exactly to begin those studies, and second, it felt like too much work because I knew I d have to confront some areas of myself and my past that wouldn t make me look good I mean, I m human I ve said dumb stuff, made stupid assumptions, and in general made mistakes But when I saw a chance to review Ibram X Kendi s memoir, How to Be an Antiracist, I took it Much to my surprise, Dr Kendi uses mistakes that he s made to illustrate the various subtle ways that racism exists in our society Before I read the first word, I felt my defenses rise, but as I read, Dr Kendi s examples and experiences pulled me deeper into his arguments as I empathized with his lessons growing up Instead of attacking the reader, Dr Kendi inspires them to look at their assumptions After finishing eighteen insightful chapters, I cannot stop thinking about How to Be an Antiracist and the work I have to do A Memoir A Political Text An Educational Resource How to Be an Antiracist fits all the descriptions Dr Kendi sets out to fulfill the promise of the book s title by defining racism and antiracism Under the category of racism, he differentiates between segregationism and integrationism Before this book, I believed that integration and segregation were opposing forces That s how I was taught Once slavery ended, African Americans integrated into society, eventually integrated into the school system, eventually integrated into the political process But that sentence is from a viewpoint of white culture society as the default and only allowable culture society, thus, integration means conformation In short, the U.S s dominant culture said that yes we put you into slavery, but now that we freed you, it s up to you to adjust to us, not the other way around This is the subtle aspect of racism To be antiracist, society need to respect that African American culture is different but no less worthy than white culture, that to be antiracist is to avoid placing cultures in a hierarchy Much of the book highlights how racism is used to justify hierarchy and thus economic exploitation Dr Kendi s use of history and cultural analysis drive home his arguments.The book places a single topic as the thesis of each chapter, and there are eighteen topics in total Dr Kendi starts off the chapters with definitions so that the reader speaks the same language The first chapter is aptly titled, Definitions Dr Kendi then moves through topics such as Power, Biology, Behavior, Color, Sexuality, and ending with Survival Each chapter does a deep dive on the topic indicated by the chapter title My Racist Introduction opens the book, and it sets the tone for all that follows This topic easily lends itself to pointing out other s failings After all, racism is everywhere, including coming from the mouth of the president of the U.S Instead, Dr Kendi points to himself, and I found this to be inspiring and leadership by example It becomes easier to interrogate my own mistakes, my own assumptions and defaults, by being inspired instead of blamed The final chapter, Survival, moved me It was intense it was personal it showed the strength of resistance How to Be an Antiracist ended in quite a dramatic and yet hopeful way Writing Lately, I ve been reading a lot of nonfiction books, and the ones that I find most frustrating assume the audience is as immersed in the topic as the author In How to Be an Antiracist, Dr Kendi does not make this assumption Instead, he defines the topic what is racist and what is antiracist at the start of each chapter All the tools necessary to understand the argument exist on the page Therefore, instead of having to look up definitions, I could look up the references he used This structure made a lot of sense whether one agrees with him or not, at least the argument can be made from equal grounds Arguments in good faith against him cannot result from a misunderstanding since the meaning is laid out so precisely For readers steeped in the field, this structure might be tedious due to familiarity For newbies like me, the structure is invaluable.Each chapter builds upon the lessons of the previous chapter The book starts with general, entry level topics and expands to difficult areas as the book moves along Later chapters work as an excellent introduction to nuanced aspects of antiracism The chapters showcase how the work of others influenced Dr Kendi, and these influences serve as an unofficial, further reading list.Finally, How to Be an Antiracist contains the type of academic style writing that I enjoy Granted, I think this book is aimed at a non academic audience, but the writing feels academic to me It balances intelligent, precisely built arguments with a lively style that moved with ease back and forth from educational to memoir The clear, concrete examples ground the theories Where academic style writing loses me is the dry, removed tone however, Dr Kendi blends the memoir style into the academic in a way that kept me hooked even while pausing to consider a new idea Memoir Dr Kendi s life serves as the transport mechanism for the anti racism lessons This book stretches from high school to the present In addition, we learn about his parents, which provides for an interesting view of how antiracist theories have evolved with time The mix of personal with the political and historical analysis never drowns out the memoir I learned a lot from this book, but I would clearly call this a memoir.Each autobiographical sketch supports the thesis of the chapter In the introduction, Dr Kendi relates a tale about a speech he gave In How to Be an Antiracist, he labels this speech as racist But the crowd s applause had the biggest effect on me Dr Kendi says the crowd was thousands of black people with a few whites But ringing applause followed his words The judges ate up his words with glee As Dr Kendi recalls the speech, one notices how it points out a they and an us He goes on to analyze the speech, himself, and how societal ideas threaded through his speech This type of self analysis is something people, including me, should do The introduction itself provides a good example of how to conduct a self analysis Nuance The Space chapter confused me There s a nuance there that I m missing Dr Kendi starts out discussing integration of schools and goes on to discuss creation of black spaces I don t know that I got the difference between segregation and separate spaces Is the distinction simply choice Because segregation removes choice and removes agency Part of a need for black spaces is the patrician nature of white culture intending to raise up African American culture I think his argument for the space is similar to women s only gyms, like Curves If so, this argument makes sense to me His argument deals with representation, and I m still struggling with it For me, this was the weakest chapter of the book The fact that I don t understand means I need to learn But where other chapters presented clear definitions and contrasted ideas in a stark manner, the nuances in Space were too subtle Space stands in contrast with the following chapter Gender Where I was unable to pick up on the nuance of Space, Gender takes a difficult topic intersectionalism and made it understandable In addition to recognizing the important work that black women have done, Dr Kendi shows how racism has specifically targeted black women because they were women The need for antiracism to support feminism becomes clear in this chapter, and that furthering the objectives of one furthers the objectives of the other Conclusion Ibram X Kendi s How to Be an Antiracist stunned me The mix of memoir, political treatise, and historical analysis convey Dr Kendi s theories of antiracism with precise detail I cannot over emphasize how much I admire what he s done here Instead of scholarly text, this memoir teaches by placing Dr Kendi s mistakes in conversation with theory, and the audience is better for it.9 out of 10 flag Like see review Aug 17, 2019 Joe rated it it was amazing Ibram Kendi provides useful guidance on combating racism in this personal history of his own growth as an anti racist Unlike other writers like Robin D Angelo who issue blanket condemnations of white Americans as irretrievably tainted, Kendi places the focus on fighting racist policies instead of attacking people He allows that we can be part of the anti racist movement and still be on guard to fight racist ideas and attitudes that have been ingrained in us flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 23, 2019 Adam Shields rated it it was amazing review of another edition Summary A personal, memoir informed, look at the difference between being not racist and an antiracist.I picked up How to Be an Antiracist almost immediately after I finished Stamped From the Beginning The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America They are very different in approach Stamped from the beginning is academic, much longer, and historical How to be an Antiracist is much shorter, personal and, in a helpful way, not academic.Despite it being shorter and less ac Summary A personal, memoir informed, look at the difference between being not racist and an antiracist.I picked up How to Be an Antiracist almost immediately after I finished Stamped From the Beginning The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America They are very different in approach Stamped from the beginning is academic, much longer, and historical How to be an Antiracist is much shorter, personal and, in a helpful way, not academic.Despite it being shorter and less academic, I think this is a book I am going to need to read again, while I doubt I will re read Stamped from the Beginning How to be an Antiracist is making subtle changes to the recent Critical Race Theory informed definitions of racism And while I think I mostly agree with Kendi s critiques, I also think I need to both re read this book to be sure I understand what he is doing, and read some others responding to him to make sure I am not missing some of the implications of his critiques.At the most basic, Kendi is rejecting the prejudice plus power definition of racism At the same time, he is rejecting racist as a descriptor of a person He wants racist to be the descriptor of the idea or action A racist idea is any idea that suggests one racial group is inferior or superior to another racial group in any way Similarly, A racist policy is any measure that produces or sustains racial inequity between racial groups In another place, What is racism Racism is a marriage of racist policies and racist ideas that produces and normalizes racial inequities Racial inequity is when two or racial groups are not standing on approximately equal footing Kendi uses the metaphor of racism not as an identity or tattoo , you either are or are not racist, but a sticky name tag that you put on and take off He is unequivocal that anyone can express racist ideas or perform racist actions And he is not at all rejecting the concept of racism as a systemic reality He does not like the term systemic racism because it is too vague He wants to concentrate on racist policies A racist policy is any measure that produces or sustains racial inequity between racial groups An antiracist policy is any measure that produces or sustains racial equity between racial groups By policy, I mean written and unwritten laws, rules, procedures, processes, regulations, and guidelines that govern people There is no such thing as a nonracist or race neutral policy Every policy in every institution in every community in every nation is producing or sustaining either racial inequity or equity between racial groups.There will, I think, be several White people that are opposed to the Critical Race Theory line of thinking about racism that wants to embrace a part of Kendi s point They will like that anyone can express racist ideas or actions But will not understand Kendi s significant point that the movement to antiracism is rooted in the empowerment of Black and other minorities Kendi s position is not that Blacks can be racist against Whites, but that Blacks can be racist against other Black people Kendi is not empowering the idea of reverse racism but expanding racism to included Black people being racist against other Black people or other minorities.Throughout How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi talks about three approaches In general, people are or have been, segregationists, assimilationists, or antiracists Segregationists want to maintain separate racial hierarchies Assimilationists wish to break down legal segregation, but also do not go far enough in breaking down the internal understanding of racial superiority Assimilationists want acceptance and often are willing to have either partial approval or behavior based acceptance of some, as opposed to all In Kendi s approach, segregationists and assimilationists are both forms of racism It is only antiracists that are focused not just on legal segregation and discrimination, but also on internal feelings of superiority or inferiority that move society beyond racism.Antiracism, like feminism in its ideals, is not about reversing the patriarchy or racial hierarchy, but about equality To be antiracist in Kendi s ideal means to not only be opposed to racism and for racial equality, but also to be against division based on, gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, skin color, nationality, and culture, among a series of other identifiers To be antiracist means that you are also an antisexist, against religious discrimination, against xenophobia, etc.Kendi is also not interested in suasion.The original problem of racism has not been solved by suasion Knowledge is only power if knowledge is put to the struggle for power Changing minds is not a movement Critiquing racism is not activism Changing minds is not activism An activist produces power and policy change, not mental change If a person has no record of power or policy change, then that person is not an activist.When I say this book is personal, I mean that Kendi uses his own life primarily as an example of moving from racism to antiracism He talks about how he, at one point, had adopted the racist ideas against other Black people that were common at the time and won a speech competition by reciting them He talks about anger and hatred against White people for both the historical harm and the continued indifference to racism He talks about his own internalized sexism and homophobia In each of these areas and , he came to realized that a sense of superiority or alienation, no matter how large or small, perpetuates differences and violates the antiracist ideal.The end of the book is the most personal Kendi recounts how soon after they were married, his wife developed breast cancer Together they walked through that cancer and instead of being newlyweds and she starting her medical career after 12 years of preparation to become a doctor, she became a cancer patient And then not long after his wife was cancer free, he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.Cancer becomes the metaphor for racism at the end Racism has embedded itself in our society It is spreading and distorting culture and if it is not rooted out, not just in the racial aspects, but the sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, etc it will continue to metastasize and transform According to an interview on NPR I heard last week, his cancer is in remission for now, but he has a very high likelihood of reoccurrence, and he is not fooling around because he is not sure how long he will be alive to oppose racism.Originally posted on my blog at flag Like see review Sep 02, 2019 Calvinist Batman rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 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 book.In the Reformed tradition, theologian John Owen states Do you mortify Do you make it your daily work Be always at it whilst you live cease not a day from this work be killing sin or it will be killing you.In this book, Kendi points us to something different, yet connected The opposite of racist isn t not racist It is anti racist What s the difference One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti racist One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti racist One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti racist There is no in between safe space of not racist There is no moderate position In the times we work against racism, we are anti racist The times we act or promote racism or racist policies, we are racist As Kendi states later 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, determines what not who we are Racism are ideas, actions, words, and policies It s not an identity, and as a Christian I shout AMEN to this THE GOOD I don t know where to begin The concentrate distilling of words found on these pages or listened to on the audiobook is felt while reading Every word is thought out and used intentionally Kendi doesn t waste words or time.This is the book I craved Racism is incredibly nuanced There are so many layers and intersections where I realized that, in the past, I ve lumped all inequities into one large basket That was unhelpful, insensitive, and misleading The structure of this book was beautiful with each point building on one another Kendi shows the depth of our problem, and even better shows us ways we can change.This book leans hard into policies Kendi talks at the end of the book has his views shifted from changing minds on racism to changing racist policies, that we don t change the mind first because the mind will rarely change Rather, we act and the mind catches up I m not going to lie, but this reminded me of what James K.A Smith says in You Are What You Love The Spiritual Power of Habit Every chapter is gold and I d encourage anyone to read it His honesty broke me He is honest about his own racism and gives detailed examples of how anyone can be racist THE CHALLENGES Rarely does one agree with everything an author states in their book Especially as a Reformed Christian, there are some theological nuances I would take issue with here and there I d say if there was two places Christians are going to have an issue with are his chapters on capitalism and sexuality as opposed to gender.His chapter on capitalism is one of his best IMO I think Kendi hits the mark we have developed our own version of capitalism, steeped in racist and classicist policies His chapters on gender and sexuality he separates them in his book were the hardest for me I thoroughly enjoyed the chapter on gender and feminism He defines what becomes a black view of complementarianism vs much of the current patriarchalism I loved this section I would have to push back some on the chapter on intersectionality sexuality in what he terms queer racism I tend to think of all peoples experiences in life built into one of four quadrants strongly pleasant, somewhat pleasant, somewhat difficult, and strongly difficult I will freely admit that this intersection almost makes a new quadrant strongly horrible What I would push back on is the idea that one engages in queer racism if one believes the historical view of Christianity s position on sexuality I wouldn t say he promotes the idea heavily, but it s definitely there The way he uses the words bigotry and homophobe show it However, he talks a lot about his own bias and experiences I believe you can work towards being antiracist, even being anti queer racist, and yet disagree with the idea that being LGBTQ is intrinsic to one s identity Especially since even the author discusses that racism is really policy driven I think the imago dei and the love of Christ should compels us to work on behalf of all people, regardless of our personal convictions, from discriminations that work against their God given humanity and dignity CONCLUSION I m realizing that many in the Reformed Christian camp don t care for secular non fiction books like this I think it s fundamentalism dwelling among us I was taught by my parents to eat the meat and spit out the bones I can t recommend this book enough It is the work of antiracism to strive to become antiracist As Kendi states No one becomes racist or antiracist We can only strive to be one or the other Reading this book and putting it into practice as best as we can would be a good start on the road to becoming antiracist.Five stars flag 1 likeLike see review May 19, 2019 Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves feminist book club I was lucky enough to win an advanced issue through , and I know this is a book I ll keep referring to in the future My copy is now thoroughly highlighted, underlined, and notated It s such a worthwhile read, complete with key definitions concepts explained via historical, social, and political context goals to combat racism and truly honest glimpses into his personal life It feels every bit as intimate as it does academic, as accepting of personal growth as it is firm on the term I was lucky enough to win an advanced issue through , and I know this is a book I ll keep referring to in the future My copy is now thoroughly highlighted, underlined, and notated It s such a worthwhile read, complete with key definitions concepts explained via historical, social, and political context goals to combat racism and truly honest glimpses into his personal life It feels every bit as intimate as it does academic, as accepting of personal growth as it is firm on the terms and problems it defines I m thankful for his willingness to share his experiences and be vulnerable for the benefit of others It s challenging, powerful, and effective writing, and I can t wait for people to read it flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 12, 2019 Karen marked it as to read Shelves race, arc, non fiction, social justice ARC provided in exchange for honest review ARC provided in exchange for honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 29, 2019 Roger DeBlanck rated it it was amazing Shelves non fiction After winning the National Book Award for his landmark study Stamped from the Beginning, Kendi follows up with an equally essential book of scholarship in How to Be an Antiracist In this, his second book, Kendi continues his vital research on racist ideas by offering a guide for how we can examine our perceptions as a starting point of confronting and eliminating the devastating impact of racist ideas For Kendi, saying you are not racist constitutes a false position to have for yourself He After winning the National Book Award for his landmark study Stamped from the Beginning, Kendi follows up with an equally essential book of scholarship in How to Be an Antiracist In this, his second book, Kendi continues his vital research on racist ideas by offering a guide for how we can examine our perceptions as a starting point of confronting and eliminating the devastating impact of racist ideas For Kendi, saying you are not racist constitutes a false position to have for yourself He explains how believing you are not racist is nothing than an act of denial and no different than asserting an ignorant stance in your understanding of the inequities caused by racial intolerance To the contrary, becoming an antiracist means you pledge an unconditional effort to believe all races are equal and to ensure racial equality exists for all people Kendi explains how the function of bigotry and racist ideas is to manipulate us into seeing people as the problem, instead of the policies that ensnare them Therefore, everything we do, say, express, and support determines whether we choose to be either racist or antiracist If we allow ourselves to see deficiencies in people rather than the detrimental policies that produce the struggles of a group of people, we fall within the trap of racist ideas The result is that ideas about race create arenas of power for policymakers This enables them to subjugate groups of people and pass judgment on them, allowing for white groups to be elevated and groups of color to be degraded In short, racist ideas spread the belief of who should be included and who excluded.When we look at people strictly by race, we establish a hierarchy leading to racist ideas of which people belong and which do not The tragedy of racism in America is that we have been conditioned not to fear young white men with guns, and instead to fear people in Latino, Arab, and Black communities However, the facts make clear that crime and race have never been linked The truth is that communities struggling with unemployment and poverty typically show crime as a byproduct.One of the strongest aspects of Kendi s study is how he inserts himself as an example of harboring racist ideas that he had to break down, reflect upon, and eventually dismiss For example, he admits how he was a poor student throughout his high schools years He accepts how he can be criticized for his lackluster academic record, but he makes clear that his poor performance had nothing to do with him being Black It is racist to say he or anyone of color is a bad student because they are from a non white race.Moreover, to believe in a racial hierarchy is to believe in a racist idea Until we understand that there is nothing behaviorally wrong with any racial group, our minds can never truly be antiracist In order to advocate the role of an antiracist, we must remember this fact it is individuals who behave either positively or negatively, and their behavior does not represent an entire race as either good or bad It is supremacists who blame non white people for the struggles of white people when, to the contrary, Kendi explains that any objective analysis of the white supremacists plight primarily implicates the rich white Trumps they support To be antiracist you must know that political and economic conditions, alongside devastating policies, cause the problems that lead to racial inequities In other words, there is no inherent problem with any groups or race of people or with any one neighborhood or community Kendi reminds us how we will find good and bad, violence and nonviolence, in all spaces, no matter how poor or rich, Black or non Black Therefore, if we learn to see racist abuse coming out of the mouths of individual racists, and if we can learn to see the racial inequities emerging from the racist policies put forth by policymakers, the goal must be to identify, call out, and confront racist ideas and the policies they produce.Kendi says, The history of racist ideas is the history of powerful policymakers erecting racist policies out of self interest, then producing racist ideas to defend and rationalize the inequitable effects of their policies, while everyday people consume those racist ideas, which in turn speaks ignorance and hate How to Be an Antiracist guides us in understanding this historical dilemma, and it shows us how we can confront racism wherever it s propagated and bring it to an end.My review of Stamped from the Beginning flag Like see review Aug 30, 2019 Nadine Jones rated it really liked it Shelves social issues social sciences, memoir and autobiographical essays, non fiction, r2019 in 2019 This very long quote from the introduction is the perfect explanation of what this book is about What s the problem with being not racist It is a claim that signifies neutrality I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle The opposite of racist isn t not racist It is antiracist What s the difference One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an antiracist One either This very long quote from the introduction is the perfect explanation of what this book is about What s the problem with being not racist It is a claim that signifies neutrality I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle The opposite of racist isn t not racist It is antiracist What s the difference One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an antiracist One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an antiracist 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 may seem harsh, but it s important at the outset that we apply one of the core principles of antiracism, which is to return the word racist itself back to its proper usage Racist is not as Richard Spencer argues a pejorative It is not the worst word in the English language it is not the equivalent of a slur It is descriptive, and the only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it and then dismantle it The attempt to turn this usefully descriptive term into an almost unusable slur is, of course, designed to do the opposite to freeze us into inaction.We know how to be racist We know how to pretend to be not racist Now let s know how to be antiracist. I was blown away by Stamped from the Beginning The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, so when I saw Kendi had a new book coming out, I was thrilled I love his blunt yet nonjudgmental and relentlessly optimistic voice Racism is common, and it hurts people, and it doesn t have to be that way Yes, I am ready to learn how to be an antiracist.But that s not quite what this book is It s of a memoir a memoir of his parents than a workbook A lot of the historical details were already laid out quite effectively in Stamped Once I realized this book is a personal memoir in which Kendi relates his own lived experience with the history of racism and blackness in the US, I had a better reading experience Kendi uses his own lived experience and evolution of thought to structure this book, and that was an intriguing format.This is an incredible and powerful book, but it s not without flaws There are a lot of strong points in here, and some eye opening conclusions, and a lot of emotion This book is very quotable, and Kendi is brilliant at breaking down long held, complex beliefs to show how erroneous they can be But he does this repeatey thing that started to get me annoyed and had me skim reading because all right already I get it I read it A little bit of repetition can make a powerful point Too much repetition and I become an annoyed reader.For example Racist and homophobic power distinguishes race sexualities, racial or sexuality groups at the intersection of race and sexuality Homosexuals are a sexuality Latinx people are a race Latinx homosexuals are a race sexuality A homophobic policy produces inequities between heterosexuals and homosexuals A racist policy produces inequities between racial groups Queer racism produces inequities between race sexualities. This comes after running through the same things for other intersections Too much repetition caused me to knock a star off my rating, since I really really liked this but I was too annoyed at times to love it I m sure this won t bother every reader.The final chapter was very emotional He discusses his wife s struggle with cancer, his mother s struggle with cancer, and his own struggle with cancer That s a lot to take He ends on an optimistic note, but I had a hard time shaking the sadness I hope he s right and we can fight this racism that infects our world I hope I can be as open minded as he is and fight it within myself and work to become an antiracist flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 27, 2019 Lewis Szymanski rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 Everyone should read this book, especially the people who will never consider reading it.If you consider yourself an intersectional progressive, you should read this book to find out where your blind spots are The central idea of Ibram X Kendi s book is that ignorance and hatred don t cause racism, but that racist policies cause ignorance and hatred The book is structured as a chronological personal narrative interspersed with a series of connected chapter themes that build on each other like Everyone should read this book, especially the people who will never consider reading it.If you consider yourself an intersectional progressive, you should read this book to find out where your blind spots are The central idea of Ibram X Kendi s book is that ignorance and hatred don t cause racism, but that racist policies cause ignorance and hatred The book is structured as a chronological personal narrative interspersed with a series of connected chapter themes that build on each other like a stepladder to antiracism This turned out to be a very effective way to get me to confront my own racism and to prove Kendi s point about powerful policymakers erecting racist policies out of self interest Why would I, a 50 year old white guy from Detroit, hold the same racist beliefs during the same time periods as Ibram X Kendi, a mid 30 s black guy from New York The only explanation I can come up with is that policy, media and culture were manipulating us and everyone else into thinking that way The history of racist ideas is the history of powerful policymakers erecting racist policies out of self interest, then producing racist ideas to defend and rationalize the inequitable effects of their policies, while everyday people consume those ideas, which in turn sparks ignorance and hate Treating ignorance and hate and expecting racism to shrink suddenly seemed like treating a cancer patient s symptoms and expecting the tumors to shrink The body politic might feel better momentarily from the treatment from trying to eradicate hate and ignorance but as long as the underlying cause remains, the tumors grow, the symptoms return, and inequities spread like cancer cells, threatening the life of the body politic Educational and moral suasion is not only a failed strategy It is a suicidal strategy 230 Our world is suffering from metastatic cancer Stage 4 Racism has spread to nearly every part of the body politic, intersecting with bigotry of all kinds, justifying all kinds of inequities by victim blaming heightening exploitation and misplaced hate spurring mass shootings, arms races, and demagogues who polarize nations, shutting essential organs of democracy and threatening the life of human society with nuclear war and climate change In the United States, the metastatic cancer has been spreading, contracting, and threatening to kill the American body as it nearly did before its birth, as it nearly did during its Civil War But how many people stare inside the body of their nations racial inequities, their neighborhoods racial inequities, their occupations racial inequities, their institutions racial inequities, and flatly deny that their policies are racist They flatly deny that racial inequity is a signpost of racist policy They flatly deny the racist policy as they use racist ideas to justify the racial inequity They flatly deny the cancer of racism as the cancer cells spread and literally threaten their own lives and the lives of the people and spaces and places they hold dear The popular conception of denial like the popular strategy of suasion is suicidal 234 flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 29, 2019 Tonstant Weader rated it it was amazing How to Be an Anti Racist rethinks some of the orthodoxies of dismantling racism It follows Kendi s personal journey from the respectability politics of assimilation to the anti racist understanding that there is nothing wrong with Black culture and the old respectability politics are rooted in racist ideas that evolve to justify racist policies.Kendi focuses on policy making which he thinks is the heart of racism Policy is crafted in self interest by those in power Their self interest is of How to Be an Anti Racist rethinks some of the orthodoxies of dismantling racism It follows Kendi s personal journey from the respectability politics of assimilation to the anti racist understanding that there is nothing wrong with Black culture and the old respectability politics are rooted in racist ideas that evolve to justify racist policies.Kendi focuses on policy making which he thinks is the heart of racism Policy is crafted in self interest by those in power Their self interest is often served at the detriment of Black people Racism is the tool used to justify and explain the politics of white self interest It s obvious, but that is not how we usually think of it, we go to the idea of ignorance, but ignorance is not why redlining happened, Redlining was in self interest and stereotypes and fear mongering justified redlining.I hesitate to talk too much about How to Be an Anti Racist because his ideas build on each other as he develops a greater understanding of how racism works in his own life That step by step progression is, I think, important to understand and synthesize his ideas I don t want to spoil it for you, but I do want you and everyone to READ THIS BOOK Kendi makes the point that our old way of overcoming racism is not working, so we need to try something else He makes a good case and I think this may be the most important book on racism I have read in a long time He will have folks who object to his challenging the orthodoxy of Racism Prejudice Power He points out that some Black people do have power and pretending otherwise does not hold them unaccountable He suggests Black people can be racist and often are racist against other Black people, even supporting white supremacist policies that harm other Black people Folks might not like that idea, but he makes a good argument So READ THIS BOOK I think you will be amazed.I received an e galley of How to Be an Anti Racist from the publisher through NetGalleyHow to Be an Anti Racist from Penguin Random HouseIbram X Kendi author siteThe Antiracist Research and 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    1. 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 racis [...]


    2. 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 Disclai [...]


    3. 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 elementary If you haven t attempted Stamped because it s intimidating this might be a b So great Wh [...]


    4. 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 unified front I always wondered where el I ve a long [...]


    5. 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 , many without commentary Why What about this book makes it deserving of five stars Because the topic is important Yes, it is But Thank you NetGal [...]


    6. 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 I want all of [...]


    7. 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 Kendi brings [...]


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