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 1,901 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—now updated, with a new preface.

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

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR—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.


  • Categories of Racism

    Brilliant book! I always felt like racism was more of a spectrum that everyone was on. But I like how Dr. Kendi breaks down racism into multiple categories of racism.
  • The garbage that started it all

    By Dano the truth
    If you don’t follow this clowns dogma, you are a racist. Classic oppressed/oppressor mindset rooted in Marxism . This guy is a clown and does a disservice to the black community. It is the white, Chardonnay drinking females and their beta male husbands that eat this garbage up.
  • Seeks to divide us not unite us. Not worth the read unless you share his extreme bias.

    By 1horsepony
    His use of statistics is sloppy.
  • there is referenced and anti-referenced books

    By KeepApp_RJ
    … we need to spend a little time referencing when we write a book .. i liked the logic though
  • Eye Opening

    By BeccaRN4
    I’ve been trying for many years to understand how POC can be racist against their own race, and this book really explained it well and now I get it. Loved this book and would recommend to anyone wanting to learn more on racism in our country.
  • 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