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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi - How to Be an Antiracist

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The conversation will be moderated by R. Derek Black, the subject of RISING OUT OF HATRED, a book by Washington Post Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter, Eli Saslow. Derek's father is Don Black, the founder of the White supremacist website, Stormfront, and his godfather is the KKK leader, David Duke. In college, Derek underwent a change of thought and heart away from his White nationalist upbringing and is now, as a doctoral student, engaged in antiracist activism and scholarship. Dr. Kendi’s work was impactful in his transformation.

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.

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