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Race Matters Book Club
“How to be an AntiRacist” is the selection for January’s gathering of the ACTS “Race Matters” Book Club. The interfaith network’s Transformative Reading Initiative will hold its 15th session on Monday January 27 at a location to be announced. There were 18 persons from 11 different congregations at our recent discussion of “The Color of Law.” Peter Sarver, ACTS Executive Director, and Dr. Ednita Wright, OCC professor, will be co-facilitators in January. There will be no meeting in December. Readers are welcome to come only once or as often as you can.
“How to be an AntiRacist” is the 2019 book by Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-Winning author of “Stamped from the Beginning”. He is the founding director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. A professor of history and international relations and a frequent public speaker, Kendi is a columnist at The Atlantic magazine.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time • The Washington Post • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly
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 its 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.