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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 14

A downloadable copy of this guide can be found here.

Goals for Chapter 14

  • Define gendered racism
  • Identify the various ways gender and race intersect

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?
  • How does gendered racism negatively impact people of all races and genders?
  • Are there instances where you specifically see gender racism at OSU? How so?
  • Kendi talks about how their homophobia was instilled through silence. Do you have parallels in your own life? Which has been the stronger influence on you - implicit or explicit statements/behavior?
  • How does your understanding of gender and race match up with what you have been explicitly told about gender and race?
  • How did gender expectations play into treatment of Black mothers?

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

 “My Gender is Black” by Hari Ziyad

NPR’s Codeswitch, The Original ‘Welfare Queen’ (32 min podcast with transcript)

Revisit “The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston