How to Be an AntiracistIbram X. Kendi

How to Be an Antiracist

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#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.

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“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

How to Be an Antiracist (Ibram X. Kendi) Book Reviews

Eye opening, must read!This is an essential read for anyone who wants to genuinely self-reflect, educate themselves and fight against the pervasive disease of racism. Brilliant analysis of how racism evolved and spread in our policies, minds and institutions. Key insights on how we all can be anti racist in every chapter. Read if you want to make a difference within yourself and in society..Score: 5/5

Great Intro to Anti-Racist IdeasPersonally, I don’t like the feeling of being evangelized. If you’re inspired by sermons or you’re into sports then I think you’ll really enjoy his style and find this an enjoyable read. He’s clearly very knowledgeable and I will check out his other books..Score: 4/5

Very challenging and thought-provokingIt’s ridiculous how many of these reviews are from people who did not read the book..Score: 5/5

Must Read for RacistsOnly the offended dislike this book..Score: 5/5

Not so goodDidn’t like..Score: 1/5

Yes racism exists, but sad to uses lies to promote itI feel today’s racism isn’t as brutal as the real racism of pre-1970’s. I was disappointed about lies, twisting of one’s comments and misinformation to falsely prove his point. This author used false statements about President Trump throughout his book. For example Charlotteville, this author said Trump said white racist protestors were fine people when he denounced them, and he said there were fine people on both sides. Trump felt the wall would keep out criminals from South America, he did not say all South Americans were criminals. If you want to call out a race problem be truthful, that’s why I discredit this book for its false narratives and statements..Score: 1/5

PropagandaBasically just biased propaganda. I tried reading but it’s full of misinformation.Score: 1/5

Garbage BookPure propaganda cover to cover.Score: 1/5

Well worth itRead the book ppl.Stop being weird.Score: 5/5

Eye openingInsightful and well written. Provides a playbook on how we can move towards a more perfect union..Score: 5/5

Eye opening & necessary!!Ibram X. Kendi wrote an absolutely mandatory read for anyone looking to better themselves, unlearn racist biases & start making steps toward an antiracist world. His personal stories make it very’s heartbreaking, but at the same time it lights a fire in your chest for change. Thank you, Dr. Ibram!!.Score: 5/5

YeahThis book assumes racism is bad when it's actually good, so it has a false premise. Well written though. Also read Siege..Score: 4/5

An Entertaining Book with a few Logical ErrorsAlthough this book contains quite a lot of strong evidence for its case, it’s lacking a lot of logical basis. For an example, saying antiracism looks toward racial unity, yet saying that all white people are segregationist or assimilationist, thus singling out white people as having these characteristics. For another example, this book, like similar books like it, lack a scientific view on race. I’m multiracial and I know that if more people realized that skin color was caused by melanin they would see it for what it truly was. Great structure and very well-read author, but the lack of consistency and sound argument in certain places causes me to take off two stars..Score: 3/5

GarbageSave your time and money, move along..Score: 1/5

Don't listen to the negative reviews.This book is a very good read. If you want real, honest reviews, don't rely on most of the comments on this app. Find a reliable website that is actually for discussing books. Most of these reviews are from racist, angry tr*mp supporters who haven't even read the sample and want to continue spewing their ignorance and hate..Score: 5/5

Read its totality before drawing conclusionsA challenge doesn’t always make its full revelation at first glance. Deep work and personal growth aren’t instantaneous. They require perseverance and a willingness to acknowledge where one has erred or been socialized by dominant cultural forces. If you are willing to do this, then this a great book to read..Score: 5/5

MehMostly just leftist junk.Score: 1/5

This book is racistTries 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.Score: 1/5

Take time to listen“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).Score: 5/5

Yes!Informative and I learned so much. Highly recommended.Score: 5/5

Reparations don’t make senseWhen all these books talk about reparation it’s really stupid because people’s ancestors were slaves, they had to go through all that hardship, and I can sure as hell tell you that they wouldn’t want they’re great grandchildren trying to make a profit off of they’re hard work. White people don’t owe black people anything, or at least not this generation.Score: 1/5

Utter pseudo science trashPlease do not support the person who wrote this garbage.Score: 1/5

LiesThis 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..Score: 1/5

Powerful IntrospectionSet aside my ego to fully appreciate the depth and knowledge this book offers..Score: 5/5

I’m ‘$&&.Score: 4/5

Good readRead this and found out I was actually a racist. Good read..Score: 5/5

Worthy read, slightly too polarized for my preferenceI thought it was a fascinating approach to take me on a journey of his own racist thoughts, and it succeeded in taking me on a journey of my own racist thoughts. My favorite quote, “If the heartbeat of racism is denial, then the heartbeat of anti racism is confession.” The chapter on behavioral racism is such an important realization to come to. Took off a star because I find it polarizing, which is unsettling to me. I am very concerned by people who say that socialism is evil, so I must be equally concerned with the rhetoric saying capitalism is evil. (I don’t think he ever flat out said capitalism is evil but it was a very one sided bash on capitalism.) Both systems have done horrible things. Talking about the systems like one is all good and the other is all evil is not beneficial. Only by learning the evils of both systems can we create a good one. My opinion. Also, for a book that encourages us to focus on policy I still walk away feeling like other than a few concrete examples mentioned, racist and antiracist policies are fairly elusive to me. That probably has more to do with my own ignorance though. Or maybe that was his intention, to give us tools to analyze policy as we come across it. Still giving it 4 stars because I feel it is worthy of reading and discussion. (As long as talking about racism or equality doesn’t trigger defenses in your heart... in other words, you gotta read it with an open mind.).Score: 4/5

Only the offended will give poor reviews.Clearly people aren’t ready and are offended by their white privilege! Poor reviews are for those who are offended. Change doesn’t come easy, if it makes someone uncomfortable— it’s working. Stay woke America..Score: 5/5

HOW To BE ANTI RACISTI loved this book. I loved how Kendi puts his experiences parallel to the concepts of race stemming from his book. It made me understand the meaning of race as a power concept, and how it’s insidious roots spread over the entire globe. He makes you see and understand racism in all its facets. Then he simultaneously says how you can be anti-racist. I think he says we should question why we do anything we do, and from what effect to what affect. Why we talk to people, see people, or hear people whether POC or white, and understand the reasons behind and change if necessary. It is VERY thought provoking, and very educational. I HIGHLY recommend it..Score: 5/5

Racist bookThis book is very racist.Score: 1/5

PropagandaPlain and simple. Wake up people.Score: 1/5

AmazingSimply a must read !!.Score: 5/5

Great read IF you wan a change.This book provides insight on anti racism. Dont let the racist prevent you from making the change..Score: 5/5

Title is just as garage as the entiretyDoesn’t take one long to realize that being an “anti-racist” is actually being a racist, except against the *right* kind of people. This obviously is not equality and should not be taken seriously. Would like to see literature ACTUALLY pushing the needle forward for equality and REAL liberalism — not this garbage. Would rate less than a star if I could..Score: 1/5

More Racist PropogandaFar Left has gone too far here.Score: 1/5

🤮A waste of paper back..Score: 1/5

Poorly written, poorly arguedMuch better books are out there on this important topic.Score: 1/5

Vomit-inducing leftismThis was so bad I couldn’t even stomach it after the first chapter. It is blatantly rascist and close-minded, disrespectful to black people and discriminating to white people. It isn’t pellucid what he is actually trying to convey, his narrative reads more like a sentimental, though warped novel through a lens of divided racial groups, stereotypes and dizzying egotism. It’s a surprise to me how anyone in their right mind could praise of its non-existent „eye-opening“ qualities and verity. Recommend for the burn-bucket unless one wishes to strengthen their beliefs in the opposing idea or simply lower their IQ..Score: 1/5

Beautiful BookRiveting book and I encourage Apple to filter out some of the hate speech and racist negative reviews..Score: 5/5

RACISM BEGETS RACISMBIGOT tells us ALL HOW to be a better BIGOT.Score: 1/5

Surprised meAs a POC, I honestly thought I was pretty good at being “anti-racist” and didn’t need a book. However, this book really goes into internalized racism and how we can start fighting racism by changing our perceptions of it in the first place. I would totally recommend, not just for white people but all people. I’m just a teen and in these times seeing books like these is what gives me hope. Hope that we can make a better future for ourselves..Score: 5/5


Good readFor those saying it only shows one side of things, think about the fact that almost everything in this words from education to media you name it. The narrative is white. I’m white/latina and this book and stamped really shows the perspective no one taught about or reported about. That doesn’t make this book racist..Score: 5/5

Racist..Just another attempt to divide & conquer the citizens of America, by making the whole deck of cards, racist cards and profit off it..Score: 1/5

A great readI learned so much by reading this book. Truly a life changer for me. So recommend that everyone read this amazing book..Score: 5/5

Makes some points. Mostly hypocriticalThis book and author are mostly ensnared in the same “mirages” it preaches about. While some claims are thought provoking there is little data to draw conclusions to the associations. I will admit this is the issue with most sociology literary works or research for that matter. There is no test to rule out the author’s bias. It’s very hard to ignore the bias political undertones. If you already lean towards the authors hypothesis you will agree; if you are skeptical of his ideologies it will not convince you otherwise; if you are truly on the fence, there you will remain. In all, it perpetuates a divided country..Score: 2/5

Massive Rascist Pile of TrashNot worth the paper is was written on..Score: 1/5

Thumbs downMissed the mark big time.Score: 1/5

Antiracist racistsA book that is the opposite of what it claims to be.Score: 1/5

More hatred than substanceIf you cry wolf enough, people won’t believe you. Same with racism. It’s overplayed and everyone is fed up. You have the same opportunities as everyone else. Stop blaming everyone else and start working for your future and dreams..Score: 1/5

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