How to Be an Antiracist is a nonfiction book by Ibram X. Kendi, published in 2019. The book deals with the subjects of racism and antiracism, exploring what it means to be antiracist and how people can work towards becoming more anti-racist in their everyday lives. Kendi draws on personal experience, history, and research to provide readers with an overview of racism as well as strategies for countering it. He argues that although everyone has the potential to be racist, anyone can also choose not to be racist if they are willing to learn about structural inequality and its effects on people from all walks of life.”How to Be an Antiracist” was named one of the best books of 2019 by numerous publications.
For who is this book for ?
Ibram X. Kendi’s book, “How to be an Antiracist” is for people of all races who are looking to learn and unlearn their racist ways. This could also mean that the target audience of this book is wide because racism manifests in different ways from person to person. Everyone can gain something from reading this text as it dives deep into what being antiracist means while providing concrete examples and solutions on how best dismantle systematic oppression.
- How to Be an Antiracist provides readers with a clear and concise definition of racism, as well as historical context surrounding the issue.
- The book contains helpful advice on how to be more anti-racist in one’s everyday life.
- “How to Be an Antiracist” was named one of the best books of 2019 by numerous publications.
- There is a lot of information to digest
- May be overwhelming for some readers
- The author’s background in academia may make the book inaccessible to some
Learn more about the author
Ibram X. Kendi is an associate professor of history and international relations at American University, and the founding director of its Antiracist Research and Policy Center. A noted scholar on racism in America, he has written for “The Atlantic,” “The New York Times” op-ed page, and other media outlets.” How to Be an Antiracist examines what it means to be antiracist, how people can work towards becoming more anti-racist in their everyday lives & draws on personal experience, history & research to provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of racism while exploring strategies for countering it.
“This is an essential, transformative read for anyone who wants to understand and work against racism. Kendi offers us a clear definition of antiracism, moving examples of how it has played out in his own life, and extensive research on the roots and persistence of racism. He provides pragmatic steps that each of us can take to fight discrimination and build bridges across difference.”
“How to Be an Antiracist should be read by everyone. It is a powerful, painful, and eye-opening account of the history and reality of racism in America―and more importantly, what we can do about it.”
“How to Be an Antiracist is a powerful book that left me feeling both informed and motivated. Kendi takes on the difficult task of exploring racism and antiracism, making complicated concepts accessible for anyone interested in learning more.”
“How to be an Antiracist is a must read for everyone. Kendi does an excellent job of breaking down antiracism into understandable terms and making it a goal that we can all strive for. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about racism and how they can work towards dismantling it.”