How to Be an Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Antiracist

By Ibram X. Kendi

  • Release Date: 2019-08-13
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 3.5
From 1,726 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 Journal Publishers Weekly Kirkus 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


  • Take time to listen

    By salamandr101
    “wherefore, the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.” -1 Nephi 16:2; The Book of Mormon (which is also a great book, I’d recommend it above any others)
  • Racist book

    By hectoreli
    This book is very racist
  • Don't listen to the negative reviews.

    By Helostgetoverit
    This book is a very good read. If you want real, honest reviews, don't rely on most of the comments on this app. Find a reliable website that is actually for discussing books. Most of these reviews are from racist, angry tr*mp supporters who haven't even read the sample and want to continue spewing their ignorance and hate.
  • Great Intro to Anti-Racist Ideas

    By ActiveEqualization
    Personally, I don’t like the feeling of being evangelized. If you’re inspired by sermons or you’re into sports then I think you’ll really enjoy his style and find this an enjoyable read. He’s clearly very knowledgeable and I will check out his other books.
  • Good read

    By louistr8
    Read this and found out I was actually a racist. Good read.
  • More hatred than substance

    By StopSpamTexts
    If you cry wolf enough, people won’t believe you. Same with racism. It’s overplayed and everyone is fed up. You have the same opportunities as everyone else. Stop blaming everyone else and start working for your future and dreams.
  • Yes racism exists, but sad to uses lies to promote it

    By black truth teller
    I feel today’s racism isn’t as brutal as the real racism of pre-1970’s. I was disappointed about lies, twisting of one’s comments and misinformation to falsely prove his point. This author used false statements about President Trump throughout his book. For example Charlotteville, this author said Trump said white racist protestors were fine people when he denounced them, and he said there were fine people on both sides. Trump felt the wall would keep out criminals from South America, he did not say all South Americans were criminals. If you want to call out a race problem be truthful, that’s why I discredit this book for its false narratives and statements.
  • Poorly written, poorly argued

    By CedarFarwell
    Much better books are out there on this important topic
  • Garbage

    By nayward
    Save your time and money, move along.
  • An Entertaining Book with a few Logical Errors

    By atom-ドラゴン
    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.