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 982 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


  • Yes!

    By embee8374
    Informative and I learned so much. Highly recommended
  • Yeah

    By Obunga 2.0
    This book assumes racism is bad when it's actually good, so it has a false premise. Well written though. Also read Siege.
  • Good read

    By rebmilli
    For those saying it only shows one side of things, think about the fact that almost everything in this words from education to media you name it. The narrative is white. I’m white/latina and this book and stamped really shows the perspective no one taught about or reported about. That doesn’t make this book racist.
  • Very challenging and thought-provoking

    By sungodlocd
    It’s ridiculous how many of these reviews are from people who did not read the book.
  • Well worth it

    By Tees12
    Read the book ppl.Stop being weird
  • Powerful Introspection

    By SemperAmans
    Set aside my ego to fully appreciate the depth and knowledge this book offers.
  • Propaganda

    By Macintosh2911
    Plain and simple. Wake up people
  • Surprised me

    By asexual_smol_bean
    As a POC, I honestly thought I was pretty good at being “anti-racist” and didn’t need a book. However, this book really goes into internalized racism and how we can start fighting racism by changing our perceptions of it in the first place. I would totally recommend, not just for white people but all people. I’m just a teen and in these times seeing books like these is what gives me hope. Hope that we can make a better future for ourselves.

    By RockRespiro
  • Tremendously clear analysis

    By j-bone21
    The way the concepts are introduced in tandem with examples from his life convey the personal effects of racism on real people. His writing is clear, logical, and he makes undeniable points against racist thought.