DO NOT PUBLISH Event discusses “How to Be an Antiracist”


65 years: Ibram X. Kendi speaks in White Concert Hall to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Kendi spoke a lot about his book, "How to Be an Antiracist," which discusses aspects of racism that many people don't realize.




To celebrate the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Washburn invited speaker Ibram X. Kendi to speak at Washburn.


A supporter of putting a cap on any racial divide, Kendi came to White Concert Hall Monday, Sept. 30 to talk about his book, “How to Be an Antiracist.”


The talk covered many aspects on the issues of racism, but a recurrent theme was paying attention to history.


“I think it’s critical for us to always look to history. To always look to history for hope,” said Kendi.


One main historical point Kendi made is that everyone thinks everything is impossible until it actually happens. He stressed the importance of breaking the racial divide and any form of racist thinking.


Kendi went through a couple different approaches before realizing that what he wanted to do was to stress the importance of being an Antiracist. He wants society to learn that separating people by the color of their skin is not the only way to be racist. An example would be separating people because of religion or sexual orientation. Kendi’s view of the problem is with the way people are brought up or taught by people in society, not the individual. 


“An antiracist, an antisocial result must be done by examining racial inequalities,” said Kendi.


Kendi went on to explain that inequalities could be due to systemic issues in income or other circumstances. He spoke with great passion throughout his presentation and had two interpreters signing in front of the stage. Kendi made sure that teaching ethics was a major part of the conversation.


Kendi left the stage with one final quote: “We have to recognize racism as it’s always been– propaganda.”


Edited by Shelby Hanson, Jason Morrison, Adam White, Jessica Galvin