WINNER OF THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION: Kendi’s highly acclaimed book, Stamped From The Beginning, was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and nominated for the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Nonfiction. It was also included on many Best Books of 2016 lists, including The Boston Globe, Kirkus,The Washington Post, The Root, Chicago Review of Books, and Buzzfeed.
Kendi is the FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE ANTIRACIST RESEARCH AND POLICY CENTER AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY as well as a Professor of History and International Relations. He is also the editor of Black Perspectives, the leading online platform for public scholarship on global black thought, history, and culture. He works with the Random House Speakers Bureau and addreses colleges and universities across the country.
This is a short primer of antiracist ideas and actions that will guide readers on how to participate in building a truly antiracist society. It features a UNIQUE AND EXCITING BLEND of memoir, history, social commentary, humor, philosophy, and even imaginative fiction.
Since the 2017 election, people have been hungry for a book that not only outlines racist policies, practices, and thought, but PROVIDES A BLUEPRINT FOR how to create a more just and equal society, one free of racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. This book offers intersectional solutions and new ways of thinking to challenge—and eliminate—biased behavior and see our ourselves and each other in fresh ways.
Kendi is now writing for The Atlantic www.theatlantic.com/author/ibram-x-kendi/
“What do you do after you have written Stamped From the Beginning, an award-winning history of racist ideas? . . . If you’re Ibram X. Kendi, you craft another stunner of a book. . . . What emerges from these insights is the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind, a confessional of self-examination that may, in fact, be our best chance to free ourselves from our national nightmare.”—The New York Times
“Ibram Kendi is today’s visionary in the enduring struggle for racial justice. In this personal and revelatory new work, he yet again holds up a transformative lens, challenging both mainstream and antiracist orthodoxy. He illuminates the foundations of racism in revolutionary new ways, and I am consistently challenged and inspired by his analysis. How to Be an Antiracist offers us a necessary and critical way forward.”—Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility
“Ibram Kendi’s work, through both his books and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, is vital in today’s sociopolitical climate. As a society, we need to start treating antiracism as action, not emotion—and Kendi is helping us do that.”—Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race
“Ibrahim Kendi uses his own life journey to show us why becoming an antiracist is as essential as it is difficult. Equal parts memoir, history, and social commentary, this book is honest, brave, and most of all liberating.”—James Forman, Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Locking Up Our Own
“A boldly articulated, historically informed explanation of what exactly racist ideas and thinking are . . . [Kendi’s] prose is thoughtful, sincere, and polished. This powerful book will spark many conversations.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A combination of memoir and extension of [Kendi’s] towering Stamped from the Beginning . . . Never wavering . . . Kendi methodically examines racism through numerous lenses: power, biology, ethnicity, body, culture, and so forth. . . . This unsparing honesty helps readers, both white and people of color, navigate this difficult intellectual territory. . . . Essential.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“In this sharp blend of social commentary and memoir . . . Kendi is ready to spread his message, his stories serving as a springboard for potent explorations of race, gender, colorism, and more. . . . With Stamped From the Beginning, Kendi proved himself a first-rate historian. Here, his willingness to turn the lens on himself marks him as a courageous activist, leading the way to a more equitable society.”—Library Journal (starred review)
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