The Antiracism Handbook
Practical Tools to Shift Your Mindset and Uproot Racism in Your Life and Community
The Social Justice Handbook Series
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
An antiracist society starts with you. Gain the psychological skills you need to adopt an antiracist mindset and make meaningful and equitable changes in your community—and in the world.
Racism has reached epidemic levels in our country, and every single day we see acts of racial injustice. From police brutality and the prison industrial complex, to crumbling infrastructure and toxic drinking water in predominantly Black neighborhoods—many people have finally opened their eyes to the harsh realities of inequality and systemic racism in America. But awareness isn't enough. We need to take action to create real change.
Written by two psychologists and experts in race, identity, equity, and inclusion, The Antiracism Handbook will empower you to make your own personal contribution to creating an antiracist society. You'll find practical, evidence-based tools grounded in psychology to help you recognize and resist racial stereotypes in day-to-day interactions; and strategies to help you communicate with family, loved ones, and children about race and racism. You'll also learn skills to help you navigate race in professional workspaces, and advocate for antiracist politics, policies, and practices in your community, civic, and spiritual life.
By shifting your thought patterns and behaviors to cultivate an antiracist mindset, you can actively change your community—and the world—beginning with yourself. This handbook will help you get started now.
“Wherever you are in your journey of learning about and challenging racism in your life, The Antiracism Handbook will help you move ahead with clarity, courage, and compassion for yourself and your fellow travelers. Grounded in psychological research and informed by practitioners’ experience, it is a much-needed resource for anyone—White or BIPOC—who wants to become more effective in interrupting the cycle of racism. Use it yourself and share it with others!”~Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
—Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
“A must-read for mental health professionals, this cutting-edge masterwork from two acclaimed therapist/scholars pairs clinical strategies with targeted exercises to provide current navigation of the challenges in becoming an effective antiracist advocate. Thema Bryant and Edith Arrington demonstrate that cultivating antiracism is a significant step in the creation of a just and equitable society—and show you how. I highly recommend this excellent handbook!”~Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD
—Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD, clinical professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University, and author of Multicultural Care
“TheAntiracism Handbook is an urgent invitation to confront the truth about race and racism, and build the capabilities needed to do the work of racial justice in our lives and society. Drawing from resources in mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—as well as liberatory, decolonial, and community psychology—the authors expertly guide readers through a curriculum that requires active participation: rigorous self-examination, truth-telling, deep learning and unlearning, identifying barriers, and skill building. Eradicating racism will take all of us. Practitioners everywhere should read this book, which is sure to become required reading in the years ahead.”~Tabatha L. Jones Jolivet, PhD
—Tabatha L. Jones Jolivet, PhD, associate professor of higher education at Azusa Pacific University, community organizer, and coauthor of White Jesus
“Thema Bryant and Edith Arrington bring wisdom, compassion, and extensive knowledge to this excellent handbook. The reflection exercises, mindfulness moments, practical recommendations, and selection of topics are powerful offerings for both white and BIPOC readers to participate meaningfully in the work of antiracism. They accompany you with a presence of deep care and inspired commitment to healing the individual and collective damage of systemic racism. Prepare to be transformed!”~Shelly P. Harrell, PhD
—Shelly P. Harrell, PhD, professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, developer of the Racism and Life Experience Scales, and founder/director of The Soulfulness Center
“The Antiracism Handbook is an extraordinarily comprehensive guide for addressing racial inequity. Thema Bryant and Edith Arrington demystify antiracism and expose pervasive barriers to antiracism work while equipping the reader with mindset-shifting activities and behavioral strategies. The book simultaneously challenges and inspires the reader to action. It is a must-read for anyone who is ready to integrate allyship into daily practice, and also for individuals who need respite from unaddressed racism-related fatigue.”~Rheeda Walker, PhD
—Rheeda Walker, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Houston, licensed psychologist, and author of The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health