Book Review: How to Be Less Stupid About Race by Dr. Crystal Marie Fleming

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Maybe buy 10 and pass them out to your family and friends.

I spent a long time reading How to Be Less Stupid About Race because I wanted to make sure that I really soaked in everything in here. This book is brilliant, concise, sharp, challenging, and compelling. This is the anti-racist book that everyone should read. Every sentence packs a punch, and it makes you think critically about yourself. Absolutely phenomenal.

Honestly, I feel like I can’t properly rate this book, but I definitely wanted to post it, because it should be read. By everyone. It is important. Though, nothing I say will be better than what is inside, so I will leave you with a few quotes and praises for the author.

“Growing beyond our racial ignorance—and getting serious about disrupting white supremacy—requires developing an intersectional sensibility: awareness of interlocking systems of oppression and concern for a wide variety of marginalized groups. To put it bluntly: if you’re not thinking about race intersectionally, then you’re not thinking about race intelligently.”

“Once you realize that a racist society inevitably socializes its citizens to absorb racist ideas and behave in a discriminatory way, then you’re less likely to be preoccupied with adjudicating whether an individual is or is not “a racist.”

About the Author

Crystal Marie Fleming, PhD, is a writer and sociologist who researches racism in the United States and abroad. She earned degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University and is associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at Stony Brook University. Fleming writes about race, sexuality, and politics for publications including The Root, Black Agenda Report, Vox, and Everyday Feminism, and she has tens of thousands of followers on social media. She is the author of Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France.


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