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Book in Common

Book in Common 2020-21

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

How to be an antiracist

From the publisher:

“Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At it’s core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.” 

Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • The Washington Post • Shelf Awareness • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

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. 

Dr. Kendi’s:    Website (Bio and Essays)       Instagram        Twitter             Facebook

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Books may be available locally at:

  • Chico State Wildcat Bookstore
  • The Bookstore (downtown Chico)
  • Butte County Library Branches and other County Libraries
  • Meriam Library, Chico State
  • Butte College Bookstore
  • Butte College Library
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Blackbird Cafe

Book in Common in Chico State Today

Learn more about the 2020-21 Book in Common in the Chico State Today article - CSU, Chico And Butte College Announce Book In Common For 2020-21 Academic Year