How to be an Antiracist | JANE’s notes and reflection while reading

Kendi wrote this book to assist people of all colors to evaluate their own thinking and to change their perspectives and attitudes accordingly to strive for antiracist thinking and behavior.

In the introduction to his book Kendi points out:

  • the opposite of racist isn’t “not racist”
  • “not racist” neutrality is a mask for racism
  • the claim to being “color blind” is akin to “not racist”
    • a mask to hide racism
    • Plessy v. Ferguson U.S. Supreme Court ruling 1896
      • Justice John Harlan dissent proclaimed “Our Constitution is color blind.”
      • this case legalized Jim Crow segregation in 1896
      • a color-blind Constitution for a White-supremacist America
  • we’re all in a basic struggle to be fully human and to see others as fully human.
  • in an antiracist world the focus will be on changing policies instead of groups of people
  • antiracism is possible if we overcome our cynicism about the permanence of racism.

Background- U.S. History deficit Guilded Age – Jim Crow 1896

In order to understand the Plessy v. Ferguson ramifications, I need to revisit U.S. History.

The following links to Khan Academy unit on the Guilded Age will be of help:


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  • Chapter 1
  • Definitions
  • Chapter 2
  • Dueling Consciousness
  • Chapter 3
  • Power
  • Chapter 4
  • Biology
  • Chapter 5
  • Ethnicity
  • Chapter 6
  • Body
  • Chapter 7
  • Culture
  • Chapter 8
  • Behavior
  • Chapter 9
  • Color
  • Chapter 10
  • White
  • Chapter 11
  • Black
  • Chapter 12
  • 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Definitions
  • Chapter 14
  • Dueling Consciousness
  • Chapter 15
  • Power
  • Chapter 16
  • Biology
  • Chapter 13
  • Space
  • Chapter 14
  • Gender
  • Chapter 15
  • Sexuality
  • Chapter 16
  • Failure
  • Chapter 17
  • Success
  • Chapter 18
  • Survival
  • Webinar Notes
  • April 14, 2021
  • Oregon State University
  • resources