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  • Published: 15 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781847925992
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $40.00

How To Be an Antiracist




A radical new way to think about racism and an inspiring treatise for what to do about it from the Winner of the National Book Award 2016 and founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center.

**NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**'Could hardly be more relevant ... it feels like a light switch being flicked on' OWEN JONESNot being racist is not enough. We have to be antiracist.In this rousing and deeply empathetic book, Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center, shows that when it comes to racism, neutrality is not an option: until we become part of the solution, we can only be part of the problem.

Using his extraordinary gifts as a teacher and story-teller, Kendi helps us recognise that everyone is, at times, complicit in racism whether they realise it or not, and by describing with moving humility his own journey from racism to antiracism, he shows us how instead to be a force for good. Along the way, Kendi punctures all the myths and taboos that so often cloud our understanding, from arguments about what race is and whether racial differences exist to the complications that arise when race intersects with ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.

In the process he demolishes the myth of the post-racial society and builds from the ground up a vital new understanding of racism – what it is, where it is hidden, how to identify it and what to do about it.

  • Published: 15 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781847925992
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $40.00

About the author

Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi is founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC, where he is a Professor of History and International Relations. His previous books are Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Winner of the National Book Award 2016, and The Black Campus Movement, Winner of the W. E. B. Du Bois Book Prize. He is also a columnist at the Atlantic.

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Praise for How To Be an Antiracist

No less than a road map for social change through a remarkable, personal and deeply touching journey. If you take the business of fighting oppression seriously and want to make a difference, this is something you need to read

Leslie Thomas, QC

This latest from the National Book Award-winning author is no guidebook to getting woke… Rather, it is a combination of memoir and extension of Kendi’s towering Stamped From the Beginning (2016) that leads readers through a taxonomy of racist thought to anti-racist action… 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. Not an easy read but an essential one

Kirkus (Starred Review)

You should read it for its arguments about what racism is … Nor should you dodge it on the basis that you knew all this already – like me, you almost certainly didn't

David Aaronovitch (on Stamped from the Beginning), The Times

In this compelling call-to-action Kendi gives us the tools to make changes in our own lives and society at large. A must-read for anyone who wishes to be a force for good

June Sarpong, author of Diversify

How to Be an Antiracist could hardly be more relevant. At its core is a superficially simple idea that, somehow, when you read it, feels like a light switch being flicked on

Owen Jones

The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind

New York Times

Lucid, accessible, unyielding … Kendi’s most important insight might help rethink anti-racist activism

Sadiah Qureshi (on Stamped from the Beginning), New Statesman

Well-written and enjoyable, realistic but brimming with hope. Kendi makes clear how we all must engage in the essential soul-searching to understand our own racism and the personal action required to become antiracist

Lord Herman Ouseley, former Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and of Kick It Out

Shocking and provocative … he uses his personal story to make his arguments so skilfully that the book is both a memoir and a strident call to arms

Irish Times

So vital. 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

This is no guidebook to getting woke. Rather, it is an extension of Kendi’s towering Stamped From the Beginning that leads readers through a taxonomy of racist thought to anti-racist action. 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 colour, navigate this difficult intellectual territory. Essential

Kirkus (Starred Review)

One of the US’s most respected scholars of race and history… Kendi’s argument is brilliantly simple … he rejects the idea that racism is born out of ignorance. Racism, history shows, is born out of its profitability and utility … His honesty … is one of the most powerful elements in this compelling book’ AFUA HIRSCH, Guardian

Afua Hirsch, Guardian

Groundbreaking, brilliant, fearless

David Olusoga (on Stamped from the Beginning), Observer

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative… How To Be An Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society

The Voice

One of the pre-eminent intellectuals on race

Owen Jones

Transformative and unsettling… How to Be an Antiracist offers a way out from the tangled disingenuousness of mainstream narratives around racism… [and] encourages self-reflection on the compelling truth

Colin Grant, Observer

Everyone should have a copy of this important, poignant and timely book

Christofere Fila, Amnest International UK

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