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How To Be an Antiracist  by Ibram X. Kendi

How To Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

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Imprint: The Bodley Head Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 15 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781847925992

We all occasionally think or do things that are racist. He provides a comprehensive account of the misconceptions 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.

3 stars out of 5
Trevor Phillips
11 Aug 2019

"Without more rigorous tools of analysis, the storytelling is likely to end up promoting the political outcome he would most hate"

In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi recycles ideas from his earlier book and weaves them into a memoir of his own life, from his middle-class childhood in multiethnic New York, through the racial standoff in the South, to the largely white university communities in which he now teaches. In an often engaging amble through three decades, he touches on themes that do need airing: the contrast, for one, between the descendants of black slaves, still poor and underachieving, and their eager-beaver African and Caribbean immigrant cousins, now cutting a swathe through corporate life... Kendi is right that, to understand America, you cannot escape the chasm of its racial divide, and I would love to cheer on his desire to treat race as a serious topic of study. But he seems like a prophet warning us of a future we’ve already passed through. Without more rigorous tools of analysis, the storytelling is likely to end up promoting the political outcome he would most hate: more racial division, and more Trump.

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