What We Are Reading Today: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Updated 23 August 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

In this book, Ibram X. Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism.

How to Be an Antiracist is an “essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: Contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society,” said a review in goodreads.com.

Critic Jeffrey C. Stewart said in a review for The New York Times that Kendi is on a mission to push those of us who believe we are not racists to become something else: Antiracists, who support ideas and policies affirming that “the racial groups are equals in all their apparent differences — that there is nothing right or wrong with any racial group.” 

Steward said: “For Kendi, the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, there are no nonracists; there are only racists — people who allow racist ideas to proliferate without opposition — and antiracists, those who expose and eradicate such ideas wherever they encounter them.”


What We Are Reading Today: We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

Updated 23 September 2019

What We Are Reading Today: We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • Jonathan Safran Foer “provides many opportunities to see how we are facing disaster

We Are the Weather is an excellent book based upon scientific information, mostly ignored or not believed by the public.

The book “tackles the climate change issue with an interesting premise: Most of the things that you are doing to live a greener lifestyle will make no difference to the Earth,” said a review in goodreads.com.

Jonathan Safran Foer “provides many opportunities to see how we are facing disaster and collectively shrug our shoulders either because we don’t want to change or we don’t see how making a change as an individual makes a difference,” said the review.

The review said: “We have, Foer reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic.

“Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat — and don’t eat — for breakfast.”

Foer is the author of two bestselling, award-winning novels: Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals.