By Ibram X. Kendi | Amazon.com | 320 pages
Published in August of 2019
SUMMARY: How to be an Antiracist is all about reprogramming our minds. In the author’s opinion, there is no such thing as a non-racist. You are either racist or antiracist. The difference between a non-racist and an antiracist is the antiracist recognizes that racism exists, and does something about it, especially in the antiracist’s mindset.
The book can be a slog to read and it can be difficult to see the how-to. Here’s my biggest takeaway — no group/ethnicity/gender/etc. is better than another so assimilation by one group into another is not the answer. The answer is having the mindset that all groups are equal and the work we do should be to level the playing field so all groups have the same opportunities to succeed.
KEY QUOTE: “The good news is that racist and antiracist are not fixed identities. We can be a racist one minute and an antiracist the next. What we say about race, what we do about race, in each moment, determines what — not who — we are.”
BONUS: If you don’t have time to read the book, but are interested in what Kendi has to say, listen to his interview with Brene Brown on the Unlocking Us podcast.
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