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Engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step contributing to the formation of a truly just and euitable societ. Thank you NetGalley for the ARCOkay I worry about the ratings this book will get and whether or not they are truly honest North Americans have an extremely bad habit of being so far left that any criticism of commentary on sexism racism homophobia etc means you re a racistmisogynisthomophobeetc I notice this book has straight 5 star reviews on Goodreads many without commentary Why What about this book makes it deserving of five stars Because the topic is important Yes it is But was it executed in a manner deserving of five stars No it wasn t I can anticipate the backlash I will get already I can imagine the super Leftists raging about me being bothered by it insert whatever discriminatory stance they think I have here I got this ARC from NetGalley and I want to be honest with my review Part of that means not giving it five stars And I think it s important to mention I m not a far Right person either As Imam Tawhidi imamofpeace says Stay away from both the Far Left and the Far Right Keep a balance in all areas of life Disagreements are necessary and dialogue is healthy Maintain the peace So here is my straight from the middle honest review And let me start by saying that I really really like Ibram X Kendi He s brilliant Anyway onwards I don t think Anti Racist is a new term though the author seems to pitch it as something of his invention Anti hate as been floating around for a while now there are a lot of groups called anti hate groups just do a uick google searchThis book is strange because I feel like the idea and the layout of the ideas great chapter division cool addition with the definitions is brilliant but it s executed rather oddly Is it a memoir Is it a textbook Is it an informative narrative Is it an educational tool Or is it a place for storytelling lots of Christianity references that don t seem to completely interconnect I m not sure Even the definitions at the beginning of each chapter don t really say anything profound Here s an exampleAlong with definitions for assimilationist and segregationist there was this definitionAntiracist One who is expressing the idea that racial groups are euals and none needs developing and is supporting policy that reduces racial ineuityWhat This definition does not relate as an anti to the first two termsAnd I agree racial groups are euals But there are plenty of white groups that need developing to improve themselves for example And there are plenty of extremist racial groups that also need developing Everyone needs a little developing OrBiological antiracist one who is expressing the idea that races are meaningfully the same in their biology and there are no genetic racial differencesWhatMy lack of melanin is genetic I don t understand OrCultural Antiracist One who is rejecting cultural standards and eualizing cultural differences among racial groupsWhat does this even mean I tried to read the chapter to interpret it but I left Chapter 7 still confusedAnd I m not sure if I agree with space antiracism because I truly believe some spaces are not meant to be occupied by people of privilege That doesn t mean integration is banned but I do believe some people believe euity involves private spaces for racial or sexuality groups When you ve spent years being marginalized and excluded from white spaces who could blame you for searching for a protected racialized space And at the same time I don t believe white spaces should be protected because they re usually rooted in discrimination and not in a safe space for bonding Maybe I misunderstood this chapter I understand that reference to real experiences help develop lessons and learning but I actually found the endless stories to be distracting from the educational message that I thought this book was meant to be about It seems to be advertised as an essay or a long TEDTalk on being anti Racist but perhaps it is actually a memoir of self discovery Maybe I entered this book with the wrong mindsetListen I liked this book a lot But I didn t love this book This is not a book I would call a defining voice on anti Racism because it loses a bit of focus throughout and some messages are difficult to comprehend I wish it would have been executed differently I wish it was informative and less a narrative But that s me projecting my own needs on this text based on what I expected it to be I would have given it a 355 but since that s not possible I m choosing to round down

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How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America but even fundamentally points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other In How to be an Antiracist Kendi. I appreciated this book and felt disappointed by it too so if you want a non controversial review scroll over to something else for now I felt most grateful for Ibram Kendi s argument that you either are racist or antiracist and there s no real in between that by passively being non racist you collude in racism by allowing racist policy and ideology to persist He applies this argument to several pertinent issues such as the racist nature of standardized testing police brutality intersectionality and racism against Black women and Black ueer folk and I liked his vulnerability in sharing about his personal life and how it connects to the concepts raised throughout the bookI felt most disappointed by Kendi s claim that you can practice racism against white people For example in the section of the book where he addresses colorism he writes that I hardly realized my own racist hypocrisy I was turning the color hierarchy upside down but the color hierarchy remained Dark people degraded and alienated Light people with names light bright high yellow redbone Kendi essentially euates dark skinned people s jokes about light skinned people to racism which ignores the difference between prejudice and racism and how someone making jokes about a light skinned person does not carry the same repercussions at all as opposed to the entrenched colorism against dark skinned people that permeates society He also dedicates a whole chapter titled White that argues that stereotyping white people is colluding in anti Black racism which seemed like such a flawed argument as my friend Bri tweets about here and writer Melanie Curry dispels in this succinct article about reverse racism which is not a thing He goes on to write that people who make arguments similar to those of Curry disregard Black people s power which I found a lackluster thought process Yes Black people and people of color can accumulate power and use it in racist ways against fellow Black people and people of color but this presence of power still exists within a system of white supremacy so you can both possess power and be marginalized within the greater landscape of white supremacist racism While I feel glad that this book s rise in popularity will prompt people to take explicit action against racism I feel somewhat distressed that people may euate prejudice against white people to racism against Black people and people of color As Goodreads user Raphael Nelson writes in his review How to Be an Antiracist does appear to have a white audience in mind in certain sections eg the White chapter and does not explore the deeper reasons why Black people and people of color may have prejudice against white people For those interested in reading on this topic I d highly recommend Why I m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo Lodge Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo Again I feel grateful for a lot of Kendi s insights such as his thoughts on internalized racism and its effects though I d definitely hesitate to recommend this book on its own even though that opinion will most likely provoke some reactions

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Asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like and how we can play an active role in building it In this book Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics history law and science bringing it all together with an. Some cultures mandate that rape victims must be killed and adulterers stoned that females shouldn t be educated drive or show their faces in public Some cultures revere nature and strive to live in harmony with it while others endeavor to control it down to the chromosomal level andor pollute indiscriminately Some produce the Magna Carta and Shakespeare and others dissolve into violence and a failed state Despite these self evident facts Ibram Kendi s postmodern foundational principle is that we must regard all cultures as eual Even the countless articles about corporate and school cultures indicate that some are unhealthy some lead to poor performance others seem to foster happiness and productivity No all cultures are decidedly not eual Kendi recants his youthful denunciations of promiscuity and teen pregnancy drug dealing and gun violence in the Black community Astonishingly he still regards these as features of Black culture but now believes he was influenced brainwashed by white supremacy culture to regard them negatively He was right the first time the practices he mentions are harmful because they prevent individuals from realizing their potential and living purposeful lives that contribute to the common good The most base and venial behaviors self indulgence see seven deadly sins have been denounced for millennia as anti social Conversely a cross cultural regard for the virtuous and true courageous self sacrifice for the benefit of others and for truth has endured until this uite recent and objectionable postmodern posture to which no one can truly subscribe that no behavior or uality should be regarded as superior to another It is universally agreed that one may play the flute well or poorly Similarly one can conduct one s life well or poorlyKendi s other significant assertion is that we must only regard individuals as such rather than individuals as members of groups yet he refers to Black people as a group consistently We cannot ignore statistics While they can be used to distort they can also be uite revelatory when specific categories are applied Kendi writes Since assimilationists posit cultural and behavioral hierarchy assimilationist policies and programs are geared toward developing civilizing and integrating a racial group to distinguish from programs that uplift individuals which implies the policies that target Black and economically disadvantaged groups are misguided Kendi repeats this delineation between group and individual many times and contradicts himself just as often as he vacillates between group and individual causes and effects not because I believe Blacknessis a meaningful scientific category but because our societies our policies our ideas our histories and our cultures have rendered race and made it matter Kendi ratifies the existence of the category while simultaneously urging its deconstructionKendi concedes that it took time for him to truly come to terms with the diversity within the group encompassed by the term Black The life experience of a person of African ancestry whose ancestors were free men and women in 18th century Boston and who currently occupies the top socio economic uintile is different from one whose African American ancestors didn t have the means andor wherewithal to leave the Deep South after historical enslavement McMillan Cottom s black black Both groups however diverge from the experience of 20th or 21st century immigrants and their descendants from the West Indies Africa and the Americas ethnic black who enjoy the migrant advantage and comprise 23 of the Black students in the Ivy League which Kendi doesn t mention Race is a baseless social construct but ancestry does have genetic and epigenetic roots A Bantu is genetically distinct from a MbutiKendi s insistence on referring to the Latinx category is eually problematic The Hispanic category didn t exist for census purposes until 1970 Until then Mexican Americans for example were simply counted as White There is little beyond shared humanity to connect a German Chilean oligarch with an impoverished indigenous uechua and an Afro Cuban loyal to the revolution in La Habana Within this absurd non category predominant skin tones range from alabaster to eggplant heights from towering to well under five feet They may not share a common language foods music literature etc The idea that these can somehow share a category when they arrive in the USA is laughably ignorant and begs for subdivision to evaluate obstacles to progressLike many in the Critical Race Theory camp Kendi attributes disparities in rates of school discipline and incarceration between White and Black to racism an unexamined causation As an educator when I read Kendi s descriptions of his behavior as a student I see a precociously and unpleasantly oppositional and defiant kid Wherefore the anger at so young an age A preternatural sense of injustice at the age of seven or a character flaw Wrath is one of those seven deadlies Similarly we are meant to consider the racism exposed by incarceration of African American males at five times the rate of whites It s widely held as a given that racism is a factor However the FBI statistics indicate that the perpetrators of over half of all homicides committed in the USA are Black males who constitute just 6% of the population That is one egregious statistic not often exposed because it challenges the prevailing narrative Kendi might also take a look at Harvard Law Review s May 2018 article on the role of Black politicians in striving to increase policing in their communities after too many years of insufficient police presenceKendi is at his best when he instructs us lovingly regarding how to be antiracist Thankfully he departs from DiAngelos s incendiary horrifying and irrational declarations in the wretched White Fragility He counters the assertion that Blacks can t be racist because Black people don t have institutional power first by confessing his own racial biases and second by refusing to strip Black policymakers and managers of all their power To do otherwise is pernicious Racist ideas make Black people believe White people have all the power elevating them to gods See that Harvard Law Review article cited aboveCritical race and gender theory value personal experience than empiricism See See Harvard Law Record on Critical Race Theory In keeping with that premise Kendi ends the book by telling us that the metaphorically cancerous reading about and recalling racist experiences transformed into physical cancer for him and his family Perhaps perhaps not Kendi s book may be worth a read but only with a critical and informed eyeThe hundreds of hours I ve spent with webinars articles and books on eliminating racism leads me to uestion whether we are headed for re segregation Kendi insists that Through lynching Black cultures integrationists are in the end harmful to Black bodies than segregationists are Add this to essays by Dr Bettina Love White educators spirit murder Black children Jamilah Pitts Dr Gholdy Muhammad and others at least watch the last 5 minutes of this one the many universities creating living learning communities dorms just for Blacks the disproportionate success of graduates of US Historically Black Colleges and Universities who comprise 40% of the Black members of US Congress 12% Black CEOs 40% Black engineers 50% Black lawyers 80% Black judges Does the support of homogeneous communities outweigh the benefits of diversity Can we ever get live together when we can t get along with our own family members Right now the indicators are depressingly negative

10 thoughts on “How to Be an Antiracist

  1. says:

    It is only fitting that this book is being released after the past several weeks of racists attacks by politicians and mass shootings in the name of White Supremacy After witnessing these acts many Americans will say I'm not like that I'm not a racist I don't have a racist bone in my body Ibram Kendi’s newest book addresses that mindset In his follow up to Stamped from the Beginning The Definitive History of Racist Id

  2. says:

    I appreciated this book and felt disappointed by it too so if you want a non controversial review scroll over to something else for n

  3. says:

    It´s not enough to just one deem oneself no racist it´s the action self reflecting changing habits thoughts ide

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    Someone lent this to me because they found it really useful and resourceful for thinking about antiracism especia

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    I listened to this book on audio and it is narrated by the author so I highly recommend that format Although I fully intend

  6. says:

    Some cultures mandate that rape victims must be killed and adulterers stoned; that females shouldn't be educated drive or

  7. says:

    Disclaimer I received an ARC via Netgalley Shortly after I finished this book I put a uote from it up on the board in my classroom At one point Kendi argues that white supremacy is also anti white and a form of genocide on whites This is in

  8. says:

    I’m going to need some time to properly review this but for now GO READ THIS BOOK

  9. says:

    Thank you NetGalley for the ARCOkay I worry about the ratings this book will get and whether or not they are truly honest North Americans have an extremely bad habit of being so far left that any criticism of commentary on sexism racism homophobia etc means you’re a racistmisogynisthomophobeetc I notice this book has straight 5 star reviews on Goodreads many without commentary Why? What about this book makes it deserv

  10. says:

    The entire book is powerful valuable informative engaging straight to the point I own itand am keeping itI purchased these books knowing nothing specificthe Audio and physical bookknowing I was going to have a book discussion I was PLEASANTLY