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How to Be an Antiracist Lesson Plan

Introduction to How to Be an Antiracist

How to be an Antiracist (2019) is Ibram X. Kendi’s bestselling book. In it, Kendi painstakingly deconstructs racism and racist ideas while proposing their antithesis, antiracism. Much of the book is memoir with Kendi bookending each chapter with stories from his life (going back to his childhood) and his parents’ lives. Kendi also relies on the fields of history, sociology, psychology, public policy, religion, and more to make his argument about racism and antiracism in the United States. When Kendi breaks down racist ideas and racism, he looks into subjects like biology, ethnicity, color, class, and more. While the principles are applicable to racism as a whole, Kendi’s examples and...

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