We asked five Penguin authors whose work explores racism, in fiction and nonfiction, to share the books they feel are crucial to understanding – and then acting on – racial injustice at home and worldwide.
In this extract from his 2019 book How To Be an Antiracist, historian Ibram X. Kendi breaks down exactly what the term means – and why clear language is a vital first step in the battle against prejudice.
Ibram X. Kendi is one of America's foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. He is the author of the international bestseller, How To Be an Antiracist, and the youngest ever winner of the National Book Award in 2016 with his previous book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. His first book, The Black Campus Movement, won the W.E.B Du Bois Book Prize. He is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research as well as a contributing writer at the Atlantic and a CBS News Correspondent. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2019 and will become the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University.