How To Be An Antiracist

Wed. Oct 21, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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Resilience Through Equity Series: "How To Be An Antiracist" Book Salon

Join us for our next Vibrant Book Salon where we will be discussing “How To Be An Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi.

An Amazon Best Book of August 2019: Most people will tell you that racism is all about hatred and ignorance. In "How To Be An Antiracist," Ibram X. Kendi's follow-up to his National Book Award-winning "Stamped from the Beginning," he explains that racism is ultimately structural. Racism directs attention away from harmful, inequitable policies and turns that attention on the people harmed by those policies. Kendi employs history, science, and ethics to describe different forms of racism; at the same time, he follows the events and experiences of his own life, adapting a memoir approach that personalizes his arguments. This is a very effective combination, fusing the external forces of racism with Kendi's own reception and responses to that racism—the result will be mind-expanding for many readers. Kendi's title encompasses his main thesis: simply not being racist isn't enough. We must actively choose to be "antiracist," working to undo racism and its component polices in order to build an equitable society. To read this book is to relate to the author as an individual and realize just how much we all have in common. As Kendi writes: race is a mirage, assigning an identity according to skin color, ignoring the individual. -- Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review

Come prepared: read the book and be ready to contribute to making the Pittsburgh region more inclusive for all.

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