A radical new way to think about racism and an inspiring treatise for what to do about it from the Winner of the National Book Award 2016 and founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center.
**NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**
'Could hardly be more relevant ... it feels like a light switch being flicked on' OWEN JONES
Not being racist is not enough. We have to be antiracist.
In this rousing and deeply empathetic book, Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center, shows 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.
Using his extraordinary gifts as a teacher and story-teller, Kendi helps us recognise that everyone is, at times, complicit in racism whether they realise it or not, and by describing with moving humility his own journey from racism to antiracism, he shows us how instead to be a force for good. Along the way, Kendi punctures all the myths and taboos that so often cloud our understanding, from arguments about what race is and whether racial differences exist to the complications that arise when race intersects with ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.
In the process he demolishes the myth of the post-racial society and builds from the ground up a vital new understanding of racism – what it is, where it is hidden, how to identify it and what to do about it.
“Could hardly be more relevant ... it feels like a light switch being flicked on" OWEN JONES”
“Transformative and revolutionary ... offers us a necessary and critical way forward”
Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility
“The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind”
New York Times
“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)”
Colin Grant, Observer
“Shocking and provocative … he uses his personal story to make his arguments so skilfully that the book is both a memoir and a strident call to arms”
“An electrifying combination of ethics, history, law and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative … an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step”
“One of the US’s most respected scholars of race and history… Kendi’s argument is brilliantly simple … he rejects the idea that racism is born out of ignorance. Racism, history shows, is born out of its profitability and utility … His honesty … is one of the most powerful elements in this compelling book’ AFUA HIRSCH, Guardian”
Afua Hirsch, Guardian
“Gives us the tools to make changes in our own lives and society at large. A must-read" (June Sarpong, author of Diversify)”
June Sarpong, author of Diversify
“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)”
Lord Herman Ouseley, former Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and of Kick It Out
“This is no guidebook to getting woke ... Never wavering, Kendi methodically examines racism through numerous lenses: power, biology, ethnicity, body, culture, and so forth. This unsparing honesty helps readers, both white and people of colour, navigate this difficult intellectual territory. Essential”
“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)”
Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race
“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)”
Leslie Thomas, QC
“One of the pre-eminent intellectuals on race”
“Groundbreaking, brilliant, fearless”
David Olusoga (on Stamped from the Beginning), Observer
“You should read it for its arguments about what racism is. Nor should you dodge it on the basis that you knew all this already – like me, you almost certainly didn't”
David Aaronovitch (on Stamped from the Beginning), The Times
“Lucid, accessible, unyielding. Kendi’s most important insight might help rethink anti-racist activism”
Sadiah Qureshi (on Stamped from the Beginning), New Statesman
“Everyone should have a copy of this important, poignant and timely book”
Christofere Fila, Amnest International UK