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Summary

Anti-racism is a radical idea that reorients and re-energizes the discourse around racism and, even more importantly, leads us toward revolutionary new ways of thinking about each other and about ourselves.

Racism is, at its core, a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its distorted logic extends beyond race, from the way we look at people of different ethnicities or colors of the skin, to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and types of bodies.

Racism is taking many forms, and can occur in many areas. This encompasses prejudice, discrimination, or hatred directed against someone on account of their color, ethnicity, or national origin.

People often associate racism with abusive or harassing acts. It needn't involve violent or intimidating behavior, however. Take the name-calling, racial slurs, and the jokes. Or consider situations where individuals may be excluded from groups or activities because of where they originate.

Racism can be revealed both through the actions of individuals and their attitudes. It can also be expressed in the institutions and systems. But it may not be shown at all, at times. Not all prejudice is easy to see. For instance, somebody might look through a list of job applicants and decide not to interview people with certain surnames.

Racism is more than mere words, convictions, and actions. It includes all the barriers preventing people from enjoying dignity and equality due to race.

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©2020 Frank H. Boutte (P)2020 Frank H. Boutte

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Sobering, Illuminating, Activating

The book is intellectually demanding and intricately constructed, weaving Boutte's personal story with the centuries' long history and struggle of racist thought and action. Boutte shares the process of his own thought evolution, showing vulnerability and remarkable transparency.

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Enlightening book describing racism

The author defines the various types of racism that exists in our society. He also discusses policies that have lead to inequalities among racial groups. He advises readers to be conscious of the implicit biases and to advocate for policies that produce greater equity for persons of color.

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What can I do? Here's an answer.

Frank H. Boutte has laid it out. There are racist people in the world. There are also anit-racists. Which one do you want to be? Staying silent and doing nothing supports the status quo - racism.

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Informative, Detailed, High-Level Concepts

Powerful book and essential listening for white people, especially those who consider themselves allies and want to learn how they can better support POC and be truly anti-racist. That said, while I wouldn't call the writing pretentious, it definitely requires a solid grasp on modern literature.

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A perspective changing book

Thankful for this well-created book from the bottom of my heart! I especially enjoyed the personal touch by Frank H. Boutte with all his personal anecdotes that weaved together the educational contents on antiracism beautifully.

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Definitely worth the effort

This book was recommended to me as a starting point in cultivating a deeper understanding of current socio-cultural unrest, with an eye toward identifying actions I can take to help effect change. I am not finished yet, but thus far it has been both informative and instructive.

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A lot of work to be done

This a very good book, well researched by a man who is obviously a scholar. Each chapter views different important aspects of racism and how to be an anti-racist. It took me a long time to read the book because there was so much to think about.

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Should be listen by everyone

Should be listen by everyone, especially those of us who identify as white or Caucasian. It is not enough to think we treat everyone the same... it is not enough to be "color-blind"... we must learn to be anti-racist.

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Fascinating, powerful, thought-provoking

A book filled with the author's stories of people and events that shaped his views of himself and life and his place in it. Frank takes the reader on a journey through a history of racism and lays out the stepping stones to becoming antiracist. It's easy to listen.

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Listen this.

This is an important listen , especially with everything going on in 2020. Provides insights and specific ways to be Antiracist. It’s not enough to just “not be racist.” In order for society to become better as a whole, we must become Antiracist.

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  • 28-08-20

Historical, autobiographical, and cathartic.

"How to be an Antiracist" listens like a physical, mental, spiritual, historical, autobiographical, nonfiction, cathartic novel. It's challenging me to reconsider some assumptions regarding personal and societal racism. It does not let anyone or any group off the hook and provides a basic blueprint for action.

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  • Charlotte J. Mueller
  • 29-08-20

Must listen!

This book is incredible. Frank weaves history with his personal experiences to show how racism shows up and how to counteract that and be anti-racist. Being an anti-racist is a life-long journey and effort.

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  • Darlene K. Waldroup
  • 29-08-20

Opened My Eyes

Although the book is created by a scholar and historian, Frank 's work is incredibly engaging because he tells his own personal journey in a compelling way along with the lessons of history. The history of institutional racism was fascinating and horrifying all at once.

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  • Carroll J. Chavez
  • 28-08-20

Listen This Book

Boutte knows his stuff and is a great author. Listen Stamped From the Beginning first, then this one. Regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, etc. these books need to be listen and understood by everyone and they have lessons for all.

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  • Lois M. Blanco
  • 27-08-20

Fabulous must listen

For some people it may be better to read “White Fragility” first before embarking on this book. But if you’re ready to accept that racism is pervasive and acts through us to make racist policy, then this book is ready for you.

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  • Mike M. Davidson
  • 27-08-20

To be listen over and over in order to grow

It was with great relief that I discovered that everyone is a racist. It was with even greater relief that I discovered that everyone can work to be an antiracist. Along the lines of working to be fully conscious Boutte provides insight on how to be an antiracist and spends a great deal of time defining a more accurate vocabulary for us.

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  • Jamie C. Trumbo
  • 26-08-20

Thought-provoking book

I encourage everyone to listen and ponder this book - and then take action. Boutte offers new perspectives with resonate with me because they avoid a all or nothing approach. Everyone has room to grow, improve, and encourage those around them. The printing quality is also good.

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  • June E. Rayburn
  • 26-08-20

I learned so much

I learned so much from Frank H. Boutte ’s compelling book. I’m so thankful for his voice and his undaunted pursuit of living in a world where we are all actually equal. I will be forever changed and be an ally and an anti racist from this day forward. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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  • Whitney K. Ashcraft
  • 25-08-20

A new perspective and very eye opening.

How To Be An Antiracist is insightful and enlightening and has me thinking and seeing the world around me in a way I previously hadn’t. Prior to listening this, I hadn’t given thought to how types or levels of racism exist in the world.

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  • Agnes J. Rabinowitz
  • 25-08-20

Buy this book!

I've read 6 or 7 books on racism/anti-racism this year, and this one has been far and away my favorite and the most useful.