“What‘s the problem with being “not racist”? It is a claim that signifies neutrality: “I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism.” But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of “racist” isn‘t “not racist.” It is “antiracist.”
4.5/5 ⭐️ Such an important book about racism in our society! This was informationally dense and I think I may have absorbed more if I had read the physical version vs listening to the audiobook, but then it would have taken me forever. I really liked Kendi's cadence and found him to be a powerful speaker.
✨Read at least 60 books. Keep up with all challenges
✨I usually pick a quote for the year, rather than a word. My quote this year is "You can do anything, but not everything" Reminding myself to not take on so much that I get overwhelmed and focus on what I truly love.
✨Tagged. Yes, though it's heavy, topic-wise, it's very important!
I'm joining @Andrew65 in #12Booksof2021, sharing one book every day that was our favorite read from a select month. February's face was a tough decision, but I really enjoyed reading this book. It had a lot of insights and information that was really valuable to me, and that I've been thinking about since I read it. #Nonfiction #Antiracist
I‘m glad I finally got to listen to this as it‘s been in my audible library for ages. It‘s well read and thought provoking. Clearly intended to appeal both to white readers, and to readers of color equally. Even though most chapters covered material I expected, it‘s still invaluable to hear someone‘s personal thoughts and experiences. He‘s good at laying out the history behind the political terms he uses which I appreciated.
Very thought provoking and quite hopeful in outlook by the end. ⭐⭐⭐
#pop21 A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list.
#33by33 Another book finished this readathon!
Next up: Black and British by David Olusoga.
I‘m in a bit of a reading slow-down. I had been reading 1-2 books per week, which is really good for me, but it took me about two weeks to listen to this book because I‘ve had a lot going on that‘s taken away from reading time. But I think it‘s good I spent more time with this book! Each chapter was so rich with ideas, wisdom, questions, and challenges. I have so much respect for the author, and now I want to read Stamped from the Beginning.
I always used to ask others this question as I was deeply interested in learning about other cultures. I‘ve learned not to do this any more as, not only is it politically incorrect, but it seems like a way to either categorize, stereotype, or rate individuals. I now try to just learn about each person as an individual and hope that person will later share cultural details in which I am interested but without malice on my part.
I‘ve always been annoyed by the need to fill in forms with racial identities. However, Kendi made me see why this is important. He is beginning to have an effect on the way I think. To me, this is good.
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks 1 book away from a bingo and i think this is the most books ive read in one month all year.
#booked2021 @Cinfhen #anti-rascism book @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliobarbar
Very thought provoking. It did help to explain how we can and should do better.
This was more academic than the other books on race I've read recently, which made it a more challenging read but the flow was so clear & logical. Kendi's personal stories & honesty made difficult topics easier to understand and this really helped me clarify my thinking on a number of things.
I am so excited to be able to read this book! I just received it from fellow #BookCrossing member hobbit from the #BookBuffet of our recent BookCrossing Zoom Unconvention. I‘ve heard so much about this book that I‘m eager to begin it. My husband has listened to the author while watching the news on CNN.
I‘m finally to a point where I can post about books again, so be ready! I listened to this one on audio and I feel like I would have been better served reading the physical copy. There were many times I had to rewind because I was still thinking through one aspect of the book and missed the next part. Overall, a good book that I will need to revisit. #antiracism #booked2021 #k #litsyatoz March #doublespin
I didn‘t like this as well as STAMPED, but I also wasn‘t in the best head space for it. Additionally, I prefer nonfiction on audio and Kendi is not a great reader for me. His raised, passionate voice triggers some of my trauma points, which colored my reading. So it‘s a soft pick for me - lots of good info - but you‘ll probably enjoy it more than I did.
Here we go.
As a 48yo WASP woman, I am just now learning the difference between "not racist" & "antiracist". I am 100% sure that I am "not racist". But am I "antiracist"? Stay tuned. (Probably not.)
Dr. Kendi recently joined the faculty of Boston U, where my older daughter is finishing up her freshman year. Excited for what might be in store for her during the next three years.
I‘ve been reading this over the last 6 weeks for a book study at church. The discussion has helped me think through what Kendi is teaching, & I enjoyed his stories about his journey. A valuable book for learning about racist ideas & the importance of fighting for policy changes. The question in some of our Presbyterian churches in the last couple of years is how we become better allies & policy changers.
I‘m going to come over here where the sane people live. This has been going around my FB, and to be fair, most of the comments have been supportive. I made the mistake of watching the whole segment & in addition to denigrating women in the military, he said military leadership is doing a terrible job due to the tagged book being on a reading list. (& our current stand down to work on inclusion.) This has now been moved to the top of my TBR. 🤬🤬🤬
I struggle with how to review this book. Not because of the book, but because of my own (lack of) engagement with it. This was A LOT, and more academic than I was prepared for at the moment, and I‘m not sure audio was the best choice. It‘s a pick, though, because it is so important, and because I was moved by Kendi‘s personal experiences described in the book.
#Pop21 - A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list
Ibram Kendi takes a good hard look at racism in this book. He discussed how racism tries to turn the word "racist" into an epethet so racist people can be mad about being called racist, and speaks at length about fighting racist policies that create racial inequity. I recommend this read, but it may be hard for anyone who's lives have been touched by cancer (discussed in the ending).
Read this with a book club and it resulted in some great discussions. Felt a bit repetitive but not necessarily in a bad way, just a way that showed how truly impactful different facets of racism can be
I did listen to the audio and I rly rly disliked the narration by the author. It was soooo hard to follow even tho the content itself was very accessible and well written. Prob my only con
#BlackHistoryMonth #2021 #BlackAuthors #Resistance #Race
I read 5 books last month and watched 19 movies. For February, I'm doing #BookSpinBingo to try and finish all the books I started last month and TBR books. Above are the books I'm planning to try and read, in no particular order. The tagged and Network Effect are #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin
See my Jan/Feb post here: https://unidragonfrag.wordpress.com/2021/02/03/january-wrap-up-february-goals/
Very challenging to read, as you must confront your own imperfections and biases. I found this less engaging than Why I‘m no longer talking to... but don‘t know if of that is predominantly because I am British and do the experiences resonated with me more? Would definitely recommend
This book is on very antiracism list and rightly so. Kendi provides definitions of racist and anti racist at the beginning of each chapter and shows how racism is prevalent in everything while tracing his own life and examining his own biases. I would have preferred some more concrete solutions but this is still an excellent book to read.
Just had my first student ask me for a book about antiracism, and interestingly my catalog did not recognize the search term. On my list of things to do today is write a letter to the company.