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Book in Common

How to Be an Antiracist

April 21: A Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Kendi TalkThe author of How to Be an Antiracist, the 2020-2021 Book in Common, will participate in a conversation moderated by Dr. Kim Jaxon, Professor of English at Chico State, and Associated Students’ President and Agricultural Science and Education major, Bre Holbert.  The conversation will situate the central themes of the book, including definitions and examples of anti-racism and racism, and discuss how to move from reflection to taking meaningful action on issues of racial equity.

Do you have a question that you would Dr. Jaxon or Bre Holbert to ask Dr. Kendi during the April 21 conversation? Submit your question by Friday, April 16, at 5:00pm.
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About the Book

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. (ibramxkendi.com(opens in new window)).

  • “Ibram Kendi’s work, through both his books and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, is vital in today’s sociopolitical climate. 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
  • “Ibram Kendi is today’s visionary in the enduring struggle for racial justice. In this personal and revelatory new work, he yet again holds up a transformative lens, challenging both mainstream and antiracist orthodoxy. He illuminates the foundations of racism in revolutionary new ways, and I am consistently challenged and inspired by his analysis. How to Be an Antiracist offers us a necessary and critical way forward.” —Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility

About the Author

Statement 2020

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