There is a fine line between racist and antiracist thoughts and ideas. Here are a few quotes where Kendi illustrates the difference.
"An ethnic racist asks, why are Black immigrants doing better than African Americans?...
An ethnic antiracist asks, why are Black immigrants not doing as well as other immigrant groups?"
"The idea that Black languages outside Africa are broken is as culturally racist as the idea that languages inside Europe are fixed...
To be an antiracist is to see all cultures in all their differences as on the same level, as equal. When we see cultural difference, we are seeing cultural difference— nothing less."
"Colorism is a collection of racist policies that cause inequities between Light people and Dark people, and these inequities are substantiated by racist ideas about Light and Dark people...
To be an antiracist is to focus on color lines as much as racial lines, knowing that color lines are especially harmful for Dark people."
"The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it."
Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about policy, intention, ourselves, and each other.
In HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, Kendi shows us how to see differences among races without judgment and without hierarchy. Different is different; not better or worse.
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