In How to Be An Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi defines a racist and antiracist in Chapter 1: Definitions as follows:
"A racist is someone who is supporting a racist policy by their actions or inaction or expressing a racist idea. An antiracist is someone who is supporting an anitracist policy by their actions or expression an antiracist idea.... Like fighting an addiction, being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular examination."
"Racist ideas have defined our society since its beginning and can feel natural and obvious as to be banal, but antiracist ideas remain difficult to comprehend, in part because they go against the flow of this country's history. As Audre Lorde said in 1980, "We have all been programmed to respond to the human differences between us with fear and loathing and to handle that difference in one of three way: ignore it, and if that is not possible, copy it and think it is dominant, or destroy it if we think it is subordinate. But we have no patterns for relating across our human differences as equals." To be an antiracist is a radical choice in the face of this history, requiring a radical reorientation of our consciousness."
The ebooks below were chosen because they all explore and contextualize institutionalized racism in various ways, as well as engage in diverse stories to hopefully ignite a "radical reorientation" of the reader's consciousness. Due to ELAC courses being online, we've chosen ebooks that can be accessed while the library is closed.