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Ibram X. Kendi

A groundbreaking approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society

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How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi is a thought-provoking exploration of racism and a guide to actively fighting against it in our daily lives.
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    Antiracists know racial inequality is fuelled by racist policies.

    In 2019, racial justice seems to be going backward. Just take a look at Donald Trump, the President of the United States, who reportedly once declared that “Laziness is a trait in Blacks.” During his election campaign, Trump also described Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals. 

    Clearly, our age demands that decent people stand up against the racism that permeates every level of our society. And the first question to ask yourself is: Are you a racist – or an antiracist? 

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    • Introduction

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      Antiracists know racial inequality is fuelled by racist policies.

    • 2

      Racists believe that racial inequality is caused by an inferior Black culture.

    • 3

      It’s racist to believe that there are meaningful biological differences between the races. 

    • 4

      Racist ideas about color perpetuate the myth that lighter is better. 

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      Racist ideas about white people are still racist ideas.

    • 6

      Black people are just as capable of anti-Black racism as their white counterparts.

    • 7

      Racism has spread through society like a cancer – but we can beat it.

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    What is How to Be an Antiracist about?

    How to be an Antiracist (2019) explores the causes of and solutions to the racism that plagues our societies. Drawing on his own experiences as well as political and historical insights, the author shines a light on what he argues is a truly antiracist perspective and explains how you can effect change in an unjust world. 

    How to Be an Antiracist Review

    How To Be An Antiracist (2019) by Ibram X. Kendi is a powerful examination of racism and antiracism in today's society. Here's why this book is a must-read:

    • It provides a comprehensive understanding of racism, its manifestations, and the actions needed to combat it.
    • The book combines personal experiences, historical context, and scholarly research, offering a multi-faceted perspective.
    • Its actionable advice empowers readers to actively challenge racism in their own lives and communities.

    Become a part of the solution by reading How To Be An Antiracist.

    Best quote from How to Be an Antiracist

    Racism is a marriage of racist policies and racist ideas that produces and normalizes inequities. 

    —Ibram X. Kendi
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    Who should read How to Be an Antiracist?

    • Anyone who cares about social justice
    • Those who want to change the world
    • Political individuals looking for fresh insights

    About the Author

    Ibram X. Kendi is an American author and academic. His book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Kendi is the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

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    What is the main message of How To Be An Antiracist?

    The main message of How To Be An Antiracist is understanding racism and actively fighting against it in our daily lives.

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    Is How To Be An Antiracist a good book? Is it worth reading?

    How To Be An Antiracist is a thought-provoking exploration of racism and a guide to actively fighting against it.

    Who is the author of How To Be An Antiracist?

    The author of How To Be An Antiracist is Ibram X. Kendi.

    How many chapters are in How To Be An Antiracist?

    How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi has 18 chapters:

    1. Definitions
    2. Dueling Consciousness
    3. Power
    4. Biology
    5. Ethnicity
    6. Body
    7. Culture
    8. Behavior
    9. Color
    10. White
    11. Black
    12. Class
    13. Space
    14. Gender
    15. Sexuality
    16. Failure
    17. Success
    18. Survival

    How many pages are in How To Be An Antiracist?

    How To Be An Antiracist has approximately 320 pages.

    When was How To Be An Antiracist published?

    How To Be An Antiracist was published in 2019.

    What to read after How to Be an Antiracist?

    If you're wondering what to read next after How to Be an Antiracist, here are some recommendations we suggest:
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