Title: How to Be An Antiracist
Author: Ibram X. Kendi
Date Read: July 15, 2020
“Like fighting an addiction, being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.”
In this book, Ibram X. Kendi reshapes the conversation about racism and racial justice in America. He shows us new ways to think about ourselves and others. This is a mixture of historical information mixed with Kendi’s own experiences of becoming an antiracist.
“Denial is the heartbeat of racism.”
Each chapter touched on a different area, including power, biology, ethnicity, culture, class, and gender. Racism takes many forms and these separate chapters help break down and understand the different types and reasoning behind it. The chapters present historical information along with Kendi’s personal experiences, and information on how to ensure you are behaving in an antiracist manner in the future.
“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it-and then dismantle it.”
This book should be required reading for everyone. Learning how to be an antiracist is something that everyone should be doing. You have to learn though that you will make mistakes but you can’t give up, you just have to continue to do better. Not only does this book teach you how to identify the different types of racism, it teaches you that sometimes you need to fail to succeed in the end. So read this book! Learn something new and change the world!
“Racist power is not goldy. Racist policies are not indestructible. Racial inequities are not inevitable. Racist ideas are not natural to the human mind.”