How to Be an Antiracist

Narrated by: Ibram X. Kendi
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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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 storyteller, 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.

©2019 Ibram X. Kendi (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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This book is courageous, authentic and honest.

The ideas are so well argued, and demonstrated. Some of the things he argues are contentious, and I feel that his authenticity, his honesty, and the way he holds himself to account is inspiring and trust building. As a non-american I didn't always follow the historical and political detail but it didn't matter too much, it is worth reading for the ideas that he puts forward.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-20

Not a review, but a recommendation

It would be detrimental, hypocritical and oh so ironic for me as a white person to summarize and grade this book - the experinences of a person of color - in the context of how it affected *me*. So I won't. I will however strongly recommend that you give it a listen with ears and heart open.

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  • 06-19-20

Depressingly racist Dogma

Ibram is very articulate and persuasive in his arguments, however any ideological argument that begins with the premise that disagreeing with the ideology makes you racist, looses me immediately. On of the basic premises of the book is that any disparity between racial groups that results in a difference in outcomes (wealth being a handy nail to hang that one on) is racist. This requires that all things be analyzed on the basis of race first and positively discriminated for if necessary, which i cannot see not resulting in the terrifyingly racist wielding of the kind of power Ibram so rails against. I hoped to be more informed of the real issues of racial inequality in America as a result of both poor and racist policy's however i had to give up, which persumlably makes me racist.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-20

Must read

Absolutely essential reading for everyone, particularly non-Black people. Kendi clearly lays out what anti-racism is through definitions, anecdotes, and history. If you are looking for something that is both educational and instructional, you have found it.

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  • Jack
  • 06-17-20

revolutionary for my thoughts on race

This is an incredibly important book. In today's world, everyone needs to read/listen to this

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  • Oliver Beddard
  • 06-12-20

Powerful. Essential. Change Your Perspective

The author has exposed his vulnerability and challenged us to enact change. I am anti-racist.

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  • Charli
  • 06-15-20

Powerful

I'm just a beginner on this antiracist path. This is a powerful book and well worth putting into your arsenal against racism. Thanks Ibram 🤗

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  • Aleksandra Klapcinska
  • 06-14-20

Eye opening guide through land of racial inequalit

Very strong book. The framework presented is very useful, in distinguishing what by not being antiracist is simply racist. As opposed to presenting the facts about racial inequality, the book present a model of how the inquality happens. It name behaviours and processes, giving a new perspective on old unsolved racial problems. The best part was the author admitting to all the stages of racism they have gone, making it so much easier to admit some kind of racism in the reader.

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  • Ms. R. K. H. Chapman
  • 06-20-20

Opening the Mind.

With intense and captivating narration by the author, this book is deeply honest, painful and offering of hope.

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  • Dilys
  • 06-29-20

Must Be Included In School Curriculums

A wonderful, in-depth look at how we got in this mess of racism and inequality, but most importantly, what we need to do to get out of it again. A powerful read which no one should be able to go without, and call themselves “educated”.

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  • Valerie Kennett
  • 07-02-20

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The most sensible, reasonable, & compassionate dialogue & teaching aid for anti racism I have heard. It should be compulsory learning, because it’s definitely compulsive listening. And I was really listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-22-20

Essential education

Brilliant book, an impressive feat of knowledge presented in a concise and easy to digest format.

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  • Caleb
  • 08-30-20

Highly recommend!

Such a worthwhile read/listen. I highly recommend this book to all who are wanting to grow further in their anti-racist journey.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-20

love love love

very beautiful very important very well written. it was such a good read and I am very thankful for it

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  • Diagne
  • 07-28-20

Magnificent

This book describe in death so many definition of different aspect of racism, with real life example, which can touch your soul and change you for life. Must read.