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How to Be an Anti-Racist Book Club Guide

This guide includes the curriculum you need to run a book club based on Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Anti-Racist, as well as supplementary reading and videos.

Chapter 9

A downloadable copy of this guide can be found here.

Goals for Chapter 9

  • Define the term colorism
  • Identify areas where colorism impacts your life, both at work and personally
  • Analyze ones' attitude about skin tones

Discussion Questions

Go over the group agreements, then discuss the following questions:

  • How has it been for you since the last meeting? Did anything from the book stick with you during that time?
  • What were your “aha!” moments while reading this chapter?
  • Playing with identity through clothing, accessories, etc., is a critical, lifelong process. What are ways in which race has played into how you present yourself? Have you ever considered that factor before?
    • Related quote, pg 109: “Did I think my honey eyes meant I was striving to be White? No way. I was simply refining a cuter version of myself, which studies show is the explanation of most buyers of artificial eyes, complexion, hair, or facial features. I never asked myself the antiracist question. Why? Why did I think lighter eyes were more attractive on me? What did I truly want?”
  • Where do you see colorism play out in your own life? How can you combat this?
  • Where do you see colorism play out here at OSU? How can we combat this?
  • How did your attitude about skin tone develop throughout your life?

Wrap up: Depending on time, you may ask people to put these in chat

  • What is a specific action you can take in the next week that is anti-racist?
  • What worked today? What didn’t work?