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  • Published: 31 October 2023
  • ISBN: 9781529197570
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $29.99

How To Raise an Antiracist


From the author of the bestselling international phenomenon How To Be an Antiracist, a ground-breaking argument about children, racism and how to build the antiracist society of the future

How do we talk to our children about racism?

How do we teach children to be antiracist? How are kids at different ages experiencing race? How are racist structures impacting children? How can we inspire our children to avoid our mistakes, to be better, to make the world better?

These are the questions Ibram X. Kendi found himself avoiding as he anticipated the birth of his first child. Like most parents or parents-to-be, he felt the reflex to not talk to his child about racism, which he feared would stain her innocence and steal away her joy. But research into the scientific literature, his experiences as a father and reflections on his own difficult experiences as a student ultimately changed his mind.

In How to Raise an Antiracist Kendi shows that we must all participate in the effort to raise young people as antiracists.

  • Published: 31 October 2023
  • ISBN: 9781529197570
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist, which was also a Sunday Times bestseller; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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Praise for How To Raise an Antiracist

One of the US's most respected scholars of race and history

Afua Hirsch

Could hardly be more relevant ... it feels like a light switch being flicked on

Owen Jones on How To Be an Antiracist

Transformative and revolutionary

Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility, on How To Be an Antiracist

The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind

The New York Times on How To Be an Antiracist

A must-read

June Sarpong, author of Diversify, on How To Be an Antiracist

So vital

Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race, on How To Be an Antiracist

Kendi lays out an antiracism plan for caregivers in this knockout combination of memoir and parenting guide... Kendi succeeds marvelously in connecting the personal to the systemic, showing how structural inequalities have personal costs-"Who knows how much potential racism has buried?" This will be an invaluable resource for any parent or teacher who want to set kids on the path to antiracism early

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The National Book Award-winning author uses his own life to illustrate the need for anti-racist policy and practices in American schools and homes...The author's vulnerability about his own parenting mistakes and schooling mishaps clarify racist structures with empathy, clarity, and hope for change... an excellent introduction to how racism impacts children across the life span. A useful anti-racist memoir about how anti-racism can make the world safer for all children


Our most trusted voice on antiracism reveals the critical role of parents, caregivers, and teachers in fostering either racist or antiracist attitudes in all children. Rendered intimate with stories from his own childhood and his parenting journey, Ibram X. Kendi once again lights the way. This book is as compassionate as it is cogent and timely

Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult

Both memoir and call to action, Kendi's insightful book rightly encourages the critical thinking all adults need to engage the children they love in the most essential conversations about racism. Don't fool yourself, silence is not a helpful strategy! If you want to raise empowered, antiracist children, read this book, take a deep breath, and start talking!

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations About Race

The littlest human being can learn to be an antiracist. Antiracist parenting is imperative, as white supremacists are recruiting on the internet daily; parents need to be proactive by developing the skills and language to understand the parenting journey of antiracism. With love and vulnerability, and the remarkable brilliance we have now come to expect in his books, Kendi walks us through this journey. No matter where you are as an antiracist parent or the age of your child, this book is for you

Bettina Love, author of We Want to do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

Combines Kendi's personal experience as a parent with his scholarly expertise in showing how racism affects every step of a child's life ... Like all his books, this one is accessible to everyone regardless of race or class. Read it."

LA Times, "10 books to add to your reading list in June"