How To Be An Antiracist Summary

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1. 1-Sentence-Summary:

1.1. How To Be An Antiracist will make you a better, kinder, and more fair person by revealing how deeply ingrained racism is in our society and outlining what we can all do to annihilate it completely.

2. Favorite quote from the author:

2.1. "Like fighting an addiction, being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination." - Ibram X. Kendi

3. 3 lessons:

3.1. It’s racist to believe that the behavior of certain groups of people is inferior and that they need to change to become equal.

3.1.1. We sometimes don’t notice aspects of racism in our society. One example was in a claim made by politician Eleanor Holmes in 1985. She declared that African Americans needed more than just opportunities and financial assistance. Her stance was that the ghetto culture had to be dismantled and that some Black people needed to learn a better work ethic, among other things. Although she was trying to help, Holmes succumbed to a racist mentality that still pervades society today. It’s called assimilationist racism and believes that for equality, Black people need to change. The big problem with this ideology is that it puts one race, usually whites, on a pedestal for all others to try to emulate. It’s patronizing to people of color because it treats them like kids that need a lesson in how to behave.

3.1.2. To be antiracist, on the other hand, means to support policies with a grounding in truth. That’s anything that treats all races as equal, regardless of any differences that may appear to exist. One example is antiracists that noticed the right way to go about improving violent crime rates in African American communities during the 80s. They noticed that with a rise in crime came an increase in unemployment among young Blacks. Their efforts focused on fixing that by taking down racist policies that made employment hard for these individuals.

3.2. There are no significant biological differences between races, and you are racist if you think there are.

3.2.1. You’re a biological racist if you believe that biological differences between races are meaningful and certain traits are superior or inferior.

3.2.2. To be biologically antiracist, you must realize that all humans are biologically the same and that genetics has nothing to do with racial differences.

3.2.3. The author didn’t think that any certain race was better than others. But he did subscribe to the misguided mentality that some differences are because of race. He considered, for example, Black people to be better at physical activity.

3.2.4. Antiracists, on the other hand, know that there aren’t any genetic differences between races. We are all, genetically, 99.9% the same. Another way to look at it is that you can’t inherit race from your parents. You can inherit ethnicity, on the other hand, which is only a matter of which part of the world you originate from.

3.3. Our society is sick with the cancer of racism that pervades many organizations and aspects of life, but we can overcome it.

3.3.1. Trying to beat racism has low odds, unfortunately. The reason is that racism is in all parts of our society. We can see this in events as significant as cops murdering George Floyd and also as seemingly small as the various forms of racism we’ve already discussed.

3.3.2. Racism also is a threat to the world’s health, just like cancer is to the body. Just look at how devastating the Civil War was to America.

3.3.3. However, cancer patients tend to recognize their illness and stop its progress. Racists, on the other hand, remain in denial. They too often do nothing to stop the onslaught of this disease even within their own communities.

3.3.4. There is hope, however. The author had beaten cancer. He believes that with work, we can put the cancer of racism into remission

4. Who would I recommend the How To Be An Antiracist summary to?

4.1. The 61-year-old who still thinks it’s okay to use racial slurs and tell inappropriate racial jokes, the 28-year-old who is tired of the ingrained racism in society and wants to see how they can help, and everyone in the world.