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How to be an Antiracist


“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it,” writes professor Ibram X. Kendi. This is the essence of antiracism: the action that must follow both emotional and intellectual awareness of racism. Explore what an antiracist society might look like, how we can play an active role in building it, and what being an antiracist in your own context might mean.

This conversation was recorded during the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The week-long event is presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic. Prominent leaders and thinkers across business, politics, media, culture, science, and more participate in hundreds of panels, interviews, presentations, and screenings.

Ibram X. Kendi is founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, where he is a professor of history and international relations. He is also an Ideas columnist at The Atlantic. Kendi’s best-selling book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, earned him the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction (at 34 years old the youngest-ever honoree), among other accolades. He also authored the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement, and the forthcoming How To Be An Antiracist, to be published in August 2019. Kendi has published essays in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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