Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.
In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science--including the story of his own awakening to antiracism--bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.
Questions for Conversation...
(p. 15) Tom Skinner said: “Any gospel that does not speak to the issue of
enslavement and injustice and inequality - any gospel that does not want to
go where people are hungry and poverty-stricken and set them free in the
name of Jesus Christ - is not the gospel.” Do you agree?
(p. 18) Is every policy in every institution in every country “producing or
sustaining either racial inequity or equity between racial groups” ?
(p. 19) How can discrimination produce equity?
(p. 20) “The most threatening racist movement is not the alt right’s unlikely
drive for a White ethnostate but the regular American drive for a
“race-neutral” one.” What does Kendi mean by that? Do you agree?
(p. 22) Do you think that health care policies are intentionally designed to
shorten the lives of people of color?
By Kendi’s definitions of racist and anti-racist, are you striving to become a
racist or an antiracist?