How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER • 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 JournalPublishers WeeklyKirkus 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.

Praise for How to Be an Antiracist

“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

Book Reviews


An Entertaining Book with a few Logical Errors3 star

Although 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.35


Title is just as garage as the entirety1 star

Doesn’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.15

Snapdragon 925

Antiracist racists1 star

A book that is the opposite of what it claims to be15

Jammin Johnny

Worthy read, slightly too polarized for my preference4 star

I 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.)45

O.G Sparks

Amazing5 star

Simply a must read !!55


Garbage Book1 star

Pure propaganda cover to cover15

John 14

Massive Rascist Pile of Trash1 star

Not worth the paper is was written on.15

Ivy Avitia

Only the offended will give poor reviews.5 star

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.55


Eye opening & necessary!!5 star

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!!55


Propaganda1 star

Basically just biased propaganda. I tried reading but it’s full of misinformation15

Other Books by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning


Stamped from the Beginning
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