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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 12

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Goals for Chapter 12

  • Compare and contrast the concepts of race and class
  • Gain an understanding of anticapitalism
  • Analyze ones' past and current understanding of race and class

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?
  • At what point in your life did you start to recognize the effects of race? What about class? How are these two concepts intertwined for you?
  • “To love capitalism is to end up loving racism. To love racism is to end up loving capitalism.” (p163)
    • Discuss this sentence. Do you agree that these concepts cannot be separate? If you agree, what do you do with that concept?
  • How do anticapitalist policies interact with your work at OSU? Is it possible to have anticapitalist policies at our library?
  • How do you talk with students about the intersections between anticapitalism and antiracism?

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?

Additional Materials