Being antiracist is not something you are. It's something we do.
In his global, game-changing bestseller How To Be An Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Centre for Antiracist Research at Boston University, showed 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. Crucially, it requires 'persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism and regular self-examination'.
In this workbook he uses his extraordinary gifts as a teacher to provide the reader with a series of activities, exercises and reflections to help them do this vital work, to cultivate an instinctive awareness of racism in all its forms and to take the action necessary to promote racial equity in the world around them.
Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist, which was also a Sunday Times bestseller; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. Kendi lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
One of the US's most respected scholars of race and history... Kendi's argument is brilliantly simple
Guardian (on How To Be an Antiracist) - Afua Hirsch
Transformative and revolutionary ... offers us a necessary and critical way forward
Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility (on How To Be an Antiracist)
Gives us the tools to make changes in our own lives and society at large. A must-read
June Sarpong, author of Diversify (on How To Be an Antiracist)
Vital and hopeful ... Whether you're an institution ... or an individual in moral paralysis, dumbfounded by the febrile emotions now at large ... you are not alone; hope is on its way
Observer (on How To Be an Antiracist) - Colin Grant
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 (on How To Be an Antiracist)
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 (on 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 (on How To Be an Antiracist)