How To Be an Antiracist (Hardback)Ibram X. Kendi (author)
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Stirring and provocative, How to be an Antiracist skewers smug self-satisfaction about liberal credentials by stating that we are all complicit in racist incidents. Only by assertive ‘antiracism’ can such appalling abuse and attack begin to be curbed. An incendiary polemic from an acknowledged authority on the subject.
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.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 437 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 31 mm
'An often engaging amble through three decades on themes that do need airing.' - The Sunday Times
'Transformative and revolutionary. Ibram Kendi is today's visionary in the enduring struggle for racial justice, and How to Be An Antiracist offers us a necessary and critical way forward' - Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility
'Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative... How To Be An Antiracist is an essential work 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' - The Voice
'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
'In this compelling call-to-action Kendi gives us the tools to make changes in our own lives and society at large. A must-read for anyone who wishes to be a force for good.' - June Sarpong, author of Diversify
"'Well-written and enjoyable, realistic but brimming with hope. Kendi 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
'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
'This is no guidebook to getting woke. Rather, it is an extension of Kendi's towering Stamped From the Beginning that leads readers through a taxonomy of racist thought to anti-racist action. 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
'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