Hi friends, happy Thursday – I hope you’re all having a good week so far. Today I’m going to be posting my review of Ibram X. Kendi’s book How To Be an Antiracist.
How to be an Antiracist by: Ibram X. Kendi: This book takes a look at the different forms in which a person can have racist ideas, thoughts and behaviours. From talking about white racism, to black racism; from gender to class and so much in between. This begins to take those thoughts and behaviours and gets the reader to start questioning them. This book was very educational and at times did read like a textbook, which educated the reader yes, but also made it hard for the reader to sift through all the content. There are so many important and key concepts in this book to take away that it leaves the reader with a lot to think about. This is a great start in becoming antiracist as it starts to put thoughts in the reader’s head and shines light on racist behaviours and ideas the reader didn’t realize they had. The way the author talks about his own life in between all the facts made this book more personal. Reading about his own battles with being racist and how he’s had to rethink his own thinking was a way for the reader to rethink their own ideas and thoughts. When the author uses his cancer as a way to compare it to racism was this tangible way in which the reader could grasp the idea on what racism is and how to start shifting their behaviours. Overall, this was an important and thought provoking read; the ideas all flowed together to create an informative narrative.