A Journal for Awareness, Reflection and Action
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Published: 15th Oct '20
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Being antiracist is not something you are. It is 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.
He asks us to reflect on our thinking around race through prompts including 'Describe the most racist moment of your life,', 'Have you ever been hesitant to use the R-word? Why?' and 'What does resistance mean to you?' helping us understand that the heartbeat of anti-racism is confession. It is self-reflection.
The heart of racism is denial. It is refusing to self-reflect.
'Transformative and revolutionary' Robin DiAngelo, bestselling author of White Fragility
'Gives us the tools to make changes in our own life and society' June Sarpong
One of the US's most respected scholars of race and history... Kendi's argument is brilliantly simple -- Afua Hirsch * Guardian (on How To Be an Antiracist) *
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 -- Colin Grant * Observer (on How To Be an Antiracist) *
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)
Dimensions: 204mm x 154mm x 18mm