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NOT BEING RACIST IS NOT ENOUGH. WE HAVE TO BE ANTIRACIST.
'Transformative and revolutionary' ROBIN DIANGELO, author of White Fragility
'So vital' IJEOMA OLUO, author of So You Want to Talk About Race
In this rousing and deeply empathetic book, Ibram X. Kendi, one of the world's most influential scholars of racism, shows that 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.
'The most courageous book to date on the problem of race' New York Times
'It feels like a light switch being flicked on' OWEN JONES
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Transformative and revolutionary ... offers us a necessary and critical way forward -- Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility
The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind ― New York Times
Vital and hopeful … Whether you’re an institution … or an individual in moral paralysis, dumbfounded by the febrile emotions now at large … you are not alone; hope is on its way" (Colin Grant, Observer) -- Colin Grant ― Observer
Shocking and provocative … he uses his personal story to make his arguments so skilfully that the book is both a memoir and a strident call to arms ― Irish Times
An electrifying combination of ethics, history, law and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative … an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step ― The Voice
One of the US’s most respected scholars of race and history… Kendi’s argument is brilliantly simple … he rejects the idea that racism is born out of ignorance. Racism, history shows, is born out of its profitability and utility … His honesty … is one of the most powerful elements in this compelling book’ AFUA HIRSCH, Guardian -- Afua Hirsch ― Guardian
Gives us the tools to make changes in our own lives and society at large. A must-read" (June Sarpong, author of Diversify) -- June Sarpong, author of Diversify
Makes clear how we all must engage in the essential soul-searching to understand our own racism and the personal action required to become antiracist" (Lord Herman Ouseley, former Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and of Kick It Out) -- Lord Herman Ouseley, former Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and of Kick It Out
This is no guidebook to getting woke ... Never wavering, Kendi methodically examines racism through numerous lenses: power, biology, ethnicity, body, culture, and so forth. This unsparing honesty helps readers, both white and people of colour, navigate this difficult intellectual territory. Essential ― Kirkus
So vital. As a society, we need to start treating antiracism as action, not emotion – and Kendi is helping us do that" (Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race) -- Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race
No less than a road map for social change through a remarkable, personal and deeply touching journey. If you take the business of fighting oppression seriously and want to make a difference, this is something you need to read" (Leslie Thomas, QC) -- Leslie Thomas, QC
One of the pre-eminent intellectuals on race -- Owen Jones
Groundbreaking, brilliant, fearless -- David Olusoga (on Stamped from the Beginning) ― Observer
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
Everyone should have a copy of this important, poignant and timely book -- Christofere Fila ― Amnest International UK
A work of immense moral authority, brilliantly told, it's deeply humane, revolutionary, essential -- Thomas Penn ― History Today
An incredible book -- Gina Rubel ― Techregister --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- Publisher : Vintage Digital; 1st edition (15 August 2019)
- Language : English
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On culture Kendi writes "To be antiracist is to see all cultures in all their differences as on the same level, as equals." Really? Does Kendi actually believe an openly racist antebellum southern culture is on par with a modern culture that abhors racism? Is a culture that practices female genital mutilation on par with a culture that sees this practice as barbaric? He doesn't, of course, but he fails to see the inconsistency in his own reasoning.
Trapped in an exclusively postmodern worldview, Kendi repeatedly attributes all differences between racial groups as a result of racist policies. Strangely he never points out what any of these policies are, only that they must be resisted in the name of antiracism. Disparate outcomes are never seen as the result of complex factors both internal and external to any particular group.
This book isn't entirely terrible, Kendi does bring up some biases that exist in the culture at large which are worth exploring. He is also a half decent writer. Hopefully he will spend some time out of the postmodern echo chamber that is presently engulfing academia, and develop an understanding of himself and of racial issues that can actually bring positive change to the culture at large.
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Transformative. Made me rethink my own personal experience and beliefs in relation to class, gender, sexuality and disability.
Can't recommend it highly enough.
Professor Kendi’s honesty and vulnerability, from the first page, drew me right in. It is so inclusively written, as if he is speaking to each reader specifically. I have read things that have surprised me, things that have challenged me, and some that have made me wince. I have had many “Eureka” moments. Most unexpectedly, I have also felt comforted and encouraged!
In “How to Be an Antiracist”, Ibram X Kendi has written a book which manages to be not only challenging and informative, but also accessible, personal, and inspirational. I LOVE THIS BOOK!
You need to read this book, EVERYONE needs to read this book 📖!