How To Be an Antiracist - How To Be An Antiracist (Hardback)
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How To Be an Antiracist - How To Be An Antiracist (Hardback)

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Published: 15/08/2019
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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
ISBN: 9781847925992
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 437 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Could hardly be more relevant ... it feels like a light switch being flicked on - Owen Jones

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... 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

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 ... His honesty ... is one of the most powerful elements in this compelling book - 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

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

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

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

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

Bracingly original… Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America and—even more fundamentally—points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other - With Guitars

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

How To Be An Antiracist

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“Absolutely required reading”

I received a proof copy of this book, and read it over the course of a long train journey. I read it again on the journey home, simply to try and capture and remember and internalise more of Kendi's persuasive,... More

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“Thought provoking call to action”

A compelling synthesis of information across disciplines. Warrants repeated reading.

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“Will change the way you think!”

How To Be an Antiracist is a book that will have a profound and lasting impact on anyone who reads it. Thought provoking, honest and unflinching it's part memoir from the author that authors further insight to... More

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