How to Be an Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Antiracist

By Ibram X. Kendi

  • Release Date: 2019-08-13
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 3.5
From 1,837 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

“The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.”—The New York Times

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • The Washington Post • Shelf Awareness • Library Journal Publishers Weekly Kirkus Reviews

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Praise for How to Be an Antiracist

“Ibram X. Kendi’s new book, How to Be an Antiracist, couldn’t come at a better time. . . . Kendi has gifted us with a book that is not only an essential instruction manual but also a memoir of the author’s own path from anti-black racism to anti-white racism and, finally, to antiracism. . . .  How to Be an Antiracist gives us a clear and compelling way to approach, as Kendi puts it in his introduction, ‘the basic struggle we’re all in, the struggle to be fully human and to see that others are fully human.’ ”—NPR

“Kendi dissects why in a society where so few people consider themselves to be racist the divisions and inequalities of racism remain so prevalent. How to Be an Antiracist punctures the myths of a post-racial America, examining what racism really is—and what we should do about it.”Time


  • Racist TRASH

    By Brian_AK
    Anyone who buys or believes this is a idiot. The person who wrote this is dumber than a rock and should not be allowed to remain in America. This is straight out of the Marxist playbook.
  • Amazing!

    By Rukiya777
    It's dense with information and challenges the way most people think. At the same time it's a giant "ah-ha" experience . I love when an author puts into words the deep truths that you know are right but necessarily have the scholarship or language to express.
  • Lies

    By J_Sixx
    This book is full of lies and disproven “facts”. Every thought is apparently racist if youre white. If you work hard its because youre so racist you wish to keep people of color oppressed and you wish to get ahead of them… makes sense right? Not at all. If you are any other race other than a POC, youve exploited systemic racism. If you arent racist, thats apparently just a lie you tell yourself to cope with the fact that youre the racist that oppresses blacks today. If you state a fact such as maybe race isnt the cause of disparity and maybe culture and personal choices are the factors that lead to the different outcomes. But no to state that fact means you want blacks to suffer and youre clearly a racist and probably a white supremacist. Maybe instead of forcing children and young adults to learn about how terrible white people are and how black people are victims today and maybe teach people that race isnt important and shouldnt be focused on. Dividing the country based on race where you bash one with statements casting blame on things they have no control over is counter productive and will just cause a further divide.
  • Racist

    By SEALteam8
    ..Just another attempt to divide & conquer the citizens of America, by making the whole deck of cards, racist cards and profit off it.
  • This book is racist

    By fooooooooooooooood
    Tries to sell the idea that America is fundamentally racist and the only way to not be racist and discriminator is to discriminate against everyone who doesn’t believe what its narrative is
  • A great read

    By acbc_Ann
    I learned so much by reading this book. Truly a life changer for me. So recommend that everyone read this amazing book.
  • More Racist Propoganda

    By Rainbolt617
    Far Left has gone too far here
  • Great read IF you wan a change.

    By Vee is trying
    This book provides insight on anti racism. Dont let the racist prevent you from making the change.
  • Take time to listen

    By salamandr101
    “wherefore, the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.” -1 Nephi 16:2; The Book of Mormon (which is also a great book, I’d recommend it above any others)
  • Racist book

    By hectoreli
    This book is very racist