Back in 2000, countless Americans were imagining their nation as colorblind. Eight years later, countless Americans were imagining their nation as post-racial. The discourse on racism, the recognition of racism seemed to be on the way out as the nation’s first Black president headed into the White House. But then came the racist reaction to President Barack Obama and the police killings of innocent Black people and the defenses and exonerations of those officers and then came the activists that prosecuted them in the court of public opinion with the opening and closing arguments that Black lives matter.
Then arrived Donald Trump. Countless people everywhere are reeling from what they see. The eyes of many are still closed. But many people are awakening and seeing racial reality for the first time. Many people are actively trying to understand racism. Many people are craving a concise message on how to be an antiracist at this time, in this very moment. People are searching for candid directions about how to pour their passion into building an antiracist society.
Never has a book systemically trained people on how to be an antiracist. HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST will arrive on bookshelves right on time as the first of its kind. This primer and manifesto will reshape the racial discourse and guide readers on how to participate in building an antiracist society. HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST will feature a unique blend of memoir, history, social commentary, humor, philosophy, and imaginative fiction.
Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. A professor of history and international relations and a frequent public speaker, Kendi is a columnist at The Atlantic. He is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book prize. Kendi lives in Washington, D.C.