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How To Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

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Bodley Head
04 September 2019
Social & political philosophy; Society & Social Sciences; Social discrimination; Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies
Not being racist is not enough. We have to be antiracist.

In this rousing and deeply empathetic book, Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center, shows that when it comes to racism, neutrality is not an option- until we become part of the solution, we can only be part of the problem.

Using his extraordinary gifts as a teacher and story-teller, Kendi helps us recognise that everyone is, at times, complicit in racism whether they realise it or not, and by describing with moving humility his own journey from racism to antiracism, he shows us how instead to be a force for good. Along the way, Kendi punctures all the myths and taboos that so often cloud our understanding, from arguments about what race is and whether racial differences exist to the complications that arise when race intersects with ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.

In the process he demolishes the myth of the post-racial society and builds from the ground up a vital new understanding of racism - what it is, where it is hidden, how to identify it and what to do about it.
By:   Ibram X. Kendi
Imprint:   Bodley Head
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781847926005
ISBN 10:   1847926002
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   04 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ibram X. Kendi is founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC, where he is a Professor of History and International Relations. His previous books are Stamped from the Beginning- The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Winner of the National Book Award 2016, and The Black Campus Movement, Winner of the W. E. B. Du Bois Book Prize. He is also a columnist at the Atlantic.

Reviews for How To Be an Antiracist

Groundbreaking, brilliant, fearless -- David Olusoga (on Stamped from the Beginning) * Observer * A powerful, thought-provoking book that features a dizzying array of characters, deftly navigates complex intellectual terrain and draws on a wealth of evidence -- (on Stamped from the Beginning) * Literary Review * You should read it for its arguments about what racism is ... Nor should you dodge it on the basis that you knew all this already - like me, you almost certainly didn't -- David Aaronovitch (on Stamped from the Beginning) * The Times * Lucid, accessible, unyielding ... Kendi's most important insight might help rethink anti-racist activism -- Sadiah Qureshi (on Stamped from the Beginning) * New Statesman * I can't say whether Ibram X Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning will offend most white people (though I'm willing to bet it will offend some), but he damn sure names white supremacy for what it is -- Mark Anthony Neal * Guardian *


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