Review: How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Part memoir, part history, and part call to substantive political action–Ibram Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist is brilliant.

I’m not sure that I can convey either the importance or the nuance of this book in this format. So let me just say that everyone should read it.

Kendi’s aim here is primarily to dismantle the idea of non-racism or race neutrality. One can either be a racist by supporting racist policies or be an antiracist by supporting antiracist policies.

The outworking of that thesis along with a history of racism were important enough, but Kendi weaves it all together with his own story of becoming an antiracist. That integration only aided his argument and made this book more than another socio-political treatise.

Five stars.

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