Apr 05, 2021Boych2018 rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
In the first chapter Mr. Kendi states: " . . . A racist policy is any measure that produces or sustains racial inequity between racial groups. An antiracist policy is any measure that produces or sustains racial equity between racial groups. . . . There is no such thing as a nonracist or race-neutral policy. . . . The only remedy to racist discrimination is anti-racist discrimination. . . ."
It didn't take him long to push discrimination. This would've been music to Karl Marx's ears.
Throughout the book Kendi repeatedly calls for equity (equality of outcome) while ignoring the concept of equality (equality of opportunity).
An example of what he wants: Two students enroll in the same class. Both are given the same opportunity (equality of opportunity) to complete course material and earn a grade. Student A earns 85% while student B earns 55% . Course work for both has been evaluated with the same standards. Because the teacher wants both to understand how equity works he takes 15 points from A and gives them to B thereby making their results equitable (equality of outcome).
Kendi purports to be interested in ending racism: he is really using a convoluted discussion of racism to push a communist agenda.
The book was written in a stream of consciousness style which perhaps adds punch for some to Kendi's arguments but which generally detracts from reader understanding.