by Kondwani Fidel
What would happen if people started moving beyond the conversation and took action to combat racism?
We are in an era where many Americans express the sentiment, "I thought we were past that," when a public demonstration of racism comes across their radar. Long before violence committed by police was routinely displayed on jumbotrons publicizing viral executions, the Black community has continually tasted the blood from having police boots in their mouths, ribs, and necks. The widespread circulation of racial injustices is the barefaced truth hunting us down, forcing us to confront the harsh reality--we haven't made nearly as much racial progress as we thought.
The Antiracist: How to Start the Conversation about Race and Take Action, will compel readers to focus on the degree in which they have previously, or are currently contributing to the racial inequalities in this country (knowingly or unknowingly), and ways they can become stronger in their activism.
The Antiracist is an explosive indictment on injustice, highlighted by Kondwani Fidel, a rising young literary talent, who offers a glimpse into not only the survival required of one born in a city like Baltimore, but how we can move forward to tackle violent murders, police brutality, and poverty.
Throughout it all, he pursued his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore, while being deeply immersed in his community--helping combat racism in schools by getting students to understand the importance of literacy and critical thinking. With his gift for storytelling, he measures the pulse of injustice, which is the heartbeat of this country.
"This book is an explosive indictment on the injustices happening in this country. Through Kondwani Fidel's creative spirit, he moves us all to become stronger in our antiracist work. Fidel is a brilliant young voice of our collective future." -- Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning
"What we are in witnessing in Kondwani Fidel is a living archive of what extraordinary price, both triumph and tribulation, Black America pays by the hour. Kondwani's words are a guillotine. His stories, measure the pulse of the forgotten." -- Tariq Touré, author of Black Seeds
About the Author:
Kondwani Fidel, has used the power of storytelling to confront education reform and civil rights all over the world. Fidel was honored in the "Best of Baltimore" issue of the Baltimore Sun for his courage, innovative thinking, and leadership in local schools and communities. Fidel is the author of Hummingbirds in the Trenches and Raw Wounds. He received his BA in English from Virginia State University, and his MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Fidel was honored with the Baltimore City 2018 Civil Rights Literary Award, and his bio-film Hummingbirds in The Trenches was nominated for Amazon's 2019 All Voices Film Festival.