In this game-changing, inspiring book, Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center, offers a radical new understanding of racism, showing that we are all part of the problem until we become part of the solution.
No one considers themselves to be a racist. We all know it's wrong. Yet the divisions and inequalities of racism are all around us. Why?
Racism is so engrained in our world that we often fail to recognise it, especially in ourselves. It is also so taboo that we are afraid to acknowledge it when we do. Until we are genuinely capable of both, Kendi argues, racism will continue.
Using his extraordinary gifts as a teacher and story-teller, Kendi helps us break the cycle by describing with moving humility his own journey from racism to antiracism, providing a comprehensive account of the misconceptions that so often cloud our understanding, from arguments about what race is and whether racial differences exist to the complications that arise when race intersects with ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.
In the process he demolishes the myth of the post-racial society and builds from the ground up a vital new understanding of racism - what it is, where it is hidden, how to identify it and what to do about it.