It is easy to be racist in America. It is not easy to be antiracist in America. We are taught when we see racial inequity, to see what's wrong with a particular racial group. We're taught that the problem is people, not policy and power. We're taught when we see difference, to put that in a hierarchy, not to level it with our own sensibilities. In many ways, we're trained to be racist. Racist ideas are America's common sense... But when we're antiracist, we're less likely to be manipulated by people in power, we're more likely to focus on the roots of racial problems, and more likely to be a part of this force that will allow America to hopefully, one day, survive racism.
Historian Ibram X. Kendi discusses racism and antiracism in American society - from the production and maintenance of racist thought to disguise inequity and manipulate the working class, to the promise of an antiracist challenge to the power structures that divide people from each other and a future lived in communion with all people.
Ibram is author of How To Be An Antiracist from One World Literature.
Ibram will be speaking at Evanston Township High School this Friday Sept 6th at 7PM.