To equip us on this journey toward racial justice,
we are calling on the whole church to engage in an all-church read of
Ibram X. Kendi’s book, How to Be an Antiracist.
Blurring the lines between memoir, history and social analysis, Kendi’s book invites readers into the moment by moment work of creating greater racial equity. By sharing stories of his own journey, he helps illuminate how each one of us is being presented with opportunities both large and small, both individually and systemically, to build a more just world through our policies and practices. We hope you will take this opportunity to lean into understanding and dismantling racism based on biology, ethnicity, body, culture, behavior, color, space and class, as you equip yourselves for the intersectional struggle for racial justice that addresses overlapping networks of oppression and bigotry.
As Kendi says in his introduction, “This book is ultimately about the basic struggle we’re all in, the struggle to be fully human and to see that others are fully human.” As people of faith, we know that this kind of loving regard is an essential part of our discipleship. We hope you’ll join together with so many others in exploring how this book and these antiracist practices can move us toward racial justice!