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Reading Group: “How to Be an Antiracist”
January 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Historian Ibram Kendi identifies only three stark choices for each of us as to how we will relate to the omni- present reality of racism in our society and in our daily lives. We can be segregationists or assimilationists- two different presentations of racism; or, we can strive to be antiracists. The antiracist is defined by Kendi as someone who expresses the idea that racial groups are equals and that no racial group needs developing to catch up with a dominant group. In addition, the antiracist actively speaks for and supports policies that increase racial equity.
The Racial Justice and Decolonization working group of Massachusetts Peace Action invites you to join us in reading and discussing the book How To Be An Antiracist by Professor Kendi.
The relentless news about police killings, health care disparities, the school to prison pipeline, the family-wrecking rates of imprisonment, and the stunning disparity between white and non-white people in wealth accumulation- these are statistical realities about people of color in our country that can make us feel impotent about being able to have an impact on institutional racism. Professor Kendi’s incisive analysis focuses on action, what we CAN do, and gives us new tools to intervene in this scourge that harms everyone. He has been called “today’s visionary” in the struggle for racial justice by Robin DiAngelo, bestselling author of White Fragility.
We will have 3 sessions to discuss the book. The first one will cover the Introduction and first four chapters. The first meeting has been set for Saturday, January 18, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm (Not on January 15 as previously tentatively announced). The location will be in Copley Square, Boston; details provided after you register.
The price of the book at a local bookstore is $27- we’ll find out if we can get a cheaper price buying in bulk and it is available in libraries. There is no paperback edition as yet. Please register here and let us know any questions/concerns.
Sponsored by Mass. Peace Action’s Racial Justice/ Decolonization Working Group