Book Review: “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi

Even though I finished reading this book several months ago, I have struggled to put together a review for it. It’s not because I didn’t like it; I did. It’s not because it was poorly-written; it most certainly is not. It’s primarily because I couldn’t think of anything to say about the book and its subject matter that the book itself didn’t say a thousand times better than I possibly could. In a year that has seen the specter of racism in America fully emerge at the forefront of the public discourse, even when we are facing myriad other struggles, several books on the subject have flooded the bestseller lists, with many remaining there all Summer long. I haven’t read all of them, but upon finishing this one, it’s hard not feel like this may the book we all need the most right now. Interspersing historical facts, current events, and his own stories of growing up Black in America, he eloquently explores the very notion of racism, and helps us to better see how we can better try to eradicate it. The book encourages us, all of us, to look inward and to see our flaws, most especially in how we react to and behave towards people who are different from ourselves, and to try and do better. And even more, it encourages us to call out inequity when we say it, and to say no to injustice or mistreatment when we encounter it, whether it is being perpetrated against ourselves or others. Not everyone is going to like everything Mr. Kendi says in these pages, but hopefully everyone will at least take something away from them. I know I did. ★★★★★ – Sean Farrell

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