How to Be An Antiracist

How to Be An Antiracist

Large Print - 2019 | First large print edition.
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"'The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it -- and then dismantle it.' Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America -- but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about 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 a ... 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 ... 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."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
Edition: First large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780593396803
Branch Call Number: 305.800973 KENDI
Characteristics: 610 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
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Mar 03, 2021

[Not at all surprised biblio commons is against any and all free speech -- they are owned by the Big Four -- Vanguard, BlackRock, State Street and Fidelity, which are also the majority shareholders of the PuppetMedia!]
How about some Real News:

More pseudo-sociology foisted as "science" -- also read some recent articles by him which (1) makes one think the accreditation of Boston University should be seriously questioned, and (2) this is a despicable human being -- the last type which should be writing on this subject?! [In these past some months we have witnessed an "academic" at San Francisco State claim that looting and destruction of small businesses and private property is perfectly acceptable --- and any number of other "academics" concurred --- and another "academic" at George Washington University who was passing as a Black-American claim it is acceptable for a Black youth gang to beat to death a young, innocent Black teen --- these types aren't fit to be eployed and certainly not in academia!?] This pseudo-academic is promoting the Maoist agenda --- is he so uneducated that he believes he is fooling anybody?

Feb 16, 2021

This is a very fantastic book by a remarkable person. Yes, it is difficult - I read a chapter or two at a time to give time for reflection. He uses episodes from his life to introduce and highlight points. After reading 30 pages in a library copy I bought it and will go back to it from time to time - like the best philosophy, how to strive to live a better life.

Feb 13, 2021

Exceptional! An excellent resource for anyone and everyone. A well paced blend of history, personal connection and practical use. Very accessible for white folks and a must read for anyone wanting to make this world a better, kinder, more accepting place.

Jan 30, 2021

I'm glad I read this, and it's great food for thought, but it's a slog to get through. The passages where he relates incidents from his past, and the history of racism, are well-written, but when he gets into 'articulating' his theories about racism, it's really hard to follow him through his convoluted, tortuous sentences and (as others have pointed out) his circular definitions. I stuck it out to the end, and his humanity shone through in the last couple of pages. Have to give him credit for working so hard to think through what racism is and doing his best to identify it and find ways to counteract it, in himself and others. But his focus on policy alone as the way to combat racism -- for me I kept wanting him to provide examples of how this is supposed to work. For example, there are already policies in place that disallow discrimination on the basis of race in hiring or renting apartments. But if businesses or landlords just plain refuse to follow those policies, then where are we? Like many problems we face, people often set up false dichotomies and say 'the solution is this and this alone', when in reality there are many facets and we need to attack the problem from more than one angle. Changing policies is certainly one facet, but we also need education and efforts to change individuals' attitudes. It's not one or the other. But anyway this is a starting point, and I will read more books and articles on this topic.

Jan 21, 2021

Excellent. So important. So much to learn.

Jan 13, 2021

Wow, circular reasoning and self-referential experience does not lead one to higher ground. Very disappointed in this author's so-called way out of racism when he can't even define it.

Jan 10, 2021

A book without nuance! Felt like the words race and racism were being jammed through my head with a battering ram on every page. The ideology seems relevant only in an ethereal world without actual people. Kendi supports his logic with anecdotes pulled from America's ugly history of abuse and discrimination of blacks, but he gets way ahead of the facts in his attempt to systematize history and human behavior. I find his arguments shallow and emotional and lacking evidence.

Nevertheless, this book is so important in understanding our current obsession with racial identity and the victim mindset that is driving irreconcilable wedges through American society.

Jan 06, 2021

I am more confused than ever after reading this book. He gives "definitions" of terms that, apparently, he has made up and all of them are self-referring. He never does define the basic term "racism" but has many different definitions of "racist" depending on what lens who look at it, e.g., biological racist, cultural racist, colorism racist, class racist, etc., etc. You name it and it's a racist issue. Argh. He has himself caught on a treadmill and there is no exit (but I'm probably racist for saying that ...). I do not recommend this author.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Dec 10, 2020

Kendi has delivered a well written book with his personal story of his development as an antiracist. The only sticking point for me was the repetitive nature of defining racist versus antiracist at the beginning of each chapter for the various subjects (space, sex/gender ...).

Dec 06, 2020

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