How to Be an Antiracist Book By Ibram X. Kendi (PDF-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download)

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How to Be an Antiracist is a 2019 non-fiction book by American author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. The book analyzes concepts of racism and Kendi's proposals for individual anti-racist actions and systemic change. It received a mixed critical reception.

Summary

Anti-racism is a transformative concept that reorients and reinvigorates the conversation about racism and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and others. In essence, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; Its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we view people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class, culture, and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through an ever-expanding circle of anti-racist ideas, from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities, that will help readers to clearly see all forms of racism, understand its poisonous consequences and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with her own personal story of waking up anti-racism. It is an essential job for anyone who wants to go beyond awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Review

Kendi explores why, in a society where so few people consider themselves racist, the divisions and inequalities of racism are still so prevalent. How to Be Antiracist pierces the myths of a post-racial America, examining what racism really is and what we should do about it.

About the Author

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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