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The book that every parent, caregiver, and teacher needs to raise the next generation of antiracist thinkers, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant. 

 “Kendi’s latest . . . combines his personal experience as a parent with his scholarly expertise in showing how racism affects every step of a child’s life. . . . Like all his books, this one is accessible to everyone regardless of race or class.”—Los Angeles Times (Book Club Pick) 

The tragedies and reckonings around racism that are rocking the country have created a specific crisis for parents, educators, and other caregivers: How do we talk to our children about racism? How do we teach children to be antiracist? How are kids at different ages experiencing race? How are racist structures impacting children? How can we inspire our children to avoid our mistakes, to be better, to make the world better? 

These are the questions Ibram X. Kendi found himself avoiding as he anticipated the birth of his first child. Like most parents or parents-to-be, he felt the reflex to not talk to his child about racism, which he feared would stain her innocence and steal away her joy. But research and experience changed his mind, and he realized that raising his child to be antiracist would actually protect his child, and preserve her innocence and joy. He realized that teaching students about the reality of racism and the myth of race provides a protective education in our diverse and unequal world. He realized that building antiracist societies safeguards all children from the harms of racism. 

Following the accessible genre of his internationally bestselling How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi combines a century of scientific research with a vulnerable and compelling personal narrative of his own journey as a parent and as a child in school. The chapters follow the stages of child development from pregnancy to toddler to schoolkid to teenager. It is never too early or late to start raising young people to be antiracist.

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Interview: Ibram X. Kendi’s Hope for an Antiracist Future

'If there's one group of people who can break that circle and bring us out of it, it's young people.'
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gives me faith

I couldn't stop listening, very emotionally and intellectually engaging. Dr. Kendi's research and experiences have been revolutionary for me as I reflect on my own childhood and the idea of bringing a new human into the world. I know whatever comes next for me, this book has given me more faith in my agency to practice and promote antiracism.

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A must read absolutely fantastic!

I admit, I am always engrossed in books written by Dr. Kendi, however, this particular book was one I could not turn off. It is a must read for everyone and especially every person who participates in a child’s life. This book is written in such a way, that the viewer will find it very relatable either if you’re raising an infant, teenager or even have raised persons already out in the world.

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Exceptional

A must read/listen, for anyone who is striving to become the best Antiracist they can be. Professor Kendi articulates even some of the most sensitive, personal information, providing a 1st hand perspective on what it's like to exist as a black kid (and parent) in a country that is infested with bigotry.

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Enlightening, and Informative

How to raise an Antiracist Child is enlightening, informative, and educational! Kendo presented many facts and through some of his own experiences growing up, showed how the American culture and system ingrains racist ideology into our children.

This is a must read for those of us who want to be “woke” or awaken to the realities of raising children in today’s world and not remain asleep to the harm caused by such realities.

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Wonderfully enlightening

I have read all of Dr Kendi’s books. I found this one particularly resonating as it weaves his personal and life experiences in the teachings. Everything should read this,not just parents.

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Great!

I was so excited for this book to come out. And I wasn’t the least bit disappointed. This book was absolutely superb. Just like all of Ibram’s other books. I can’t wait to share this piece of work with my friends and family. An absolute must read.

Thank you Ibram for all the important work that you do.

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Another Classic from Dr Kendi

Dr Kendi has created another classic. This book is essential for any parent or caregiver of children (teacher, grandparent, aunt, uncle, babysitter, daycare provider). In addition to being a well researched and excellent book on anti racism, this is the best book on parenting I've ever read.

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Very Relatable, but Missed the Action

For a book titled "how to" there's not much actionable advice. The stories and anecdotes are relatable, there are some things you could do, but the KISS factor is missing. 🤷‍♂️