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Spiritual Deepening Offering: How to Be an Antiracist Book Discussion

Challenging Racism

This book discussion will explore the concept of antiracism through a discussion of the book How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi.

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At it’s core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilites—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their posionous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Join Regina Renee Ward and Polly Washburn for this five-week book discussion of How to Be an Antiracist.

Schedule: Saturdays at 4pm Eastern / 2pm Mountain, starting September 12, 2020.  No meeting the week of September 26.

Format: Zoom calls (90 minutes - 2 hours).  The same Zoom link will be used each week.  Zoom link provided upon RSVP.

Reading Schedule:

Week 1 Intro & chapters 1-4

Week 2 chapters 5-9

Week 3 No Meeting. Catch up, reflect, keep in touch via the discussion board

Week 4 chapters 10-13

Week 4 Chapters 14-18 & wrap up

Consider buying How to Be an Antiracist from QuakerBooks or a Black-owned bookstore.