How To be An Antiracist  [Book Review]

Not Being Racist isn’t good enough anymore

You’re being told that you need to be Antiracist

How Do you be an Antiracist?

This book has got answers but it’s clear to me how many people have got it all wrong

Get your pen and paper ready because we’re reviewing How To be An AntiRacist   by Ibram X Kendi.

This is one of the most important books that you can read on racism and antiracism but it’s not the first book you should read

In todays show we discuss several things including:

  • The Binary nature of Antiracism
  • Why being Antiracist is not a fixed state
  • Why Being Antiracist is a verb and much more

Antiracism focuses on policies not people

A racist policy is described as “any measure that produces or sustains racial inequity between racial groups”

Antiracism comes with commitments

“Antiracism as conceptualised here has commitments that really need to be understood particularly by organisations. The author describes capitalism and racism as twins arguing that they were born and raised together, they are co-dependent.”

Being Antiracist is a process

“This means that its going to be repetitive and sometimes challenging work that means we have to be as reflective as the author was in the book”


Centre for Anti Racist Research

Ibram X Kendi

How To be An AntiRacist   

White Fragility

The Elements of Inclusion #4

Leaders must collaborate innovatively to leverage cultural expertise and drive business performance.

  • Why inclusive outcomes are driven by innovation
  • How developing a business case for diversity and inclusion specific to your organisation is a competitive advantage
  • Why novelty is at the heart of your inclusion journey

The Elements of Inclusion #3

Leaders must establish systems to ensure that everyone shares the same advantages and benefits. These processes will create incentives for inclusive behaviours.

  • How to augment your team with the tools and insights they need to prevent structural disadvantage
  • Why reinforcing generative norms ensures everyone belongs in the organisation
  • How inclusive representations can be embedded to promote an inclusive culture

The Elements of Inclusion #2

Leaders must redefine career development relationships to support inclusive performance.
  • Why traditional mentor relationships must be revised for an inclusive workplace
  • How leaders must embrace networks of developmental relationships for individual growth
  • Why established workplace norms must evolve for inclusion in the modern workplace

The Elements of Inclusion #1

Leaders must properly socialise people and socialise inclusive ideas by providing an environment for the cultural learning needed for an active role in an inclusive organisation

  • How your socialisation processes must evolve to encourage the sustainable cultivation of inclusive competencies
  • Why Leaders must consistently negotiate the line between organisational commitment and personal authenticity to promote performance
  • How developing intersectional self awareness can help leaders to leverage individual employee experiences