East Brunswick Public Library's Statement about Anti-Racism
The East Brunswick Public Library condemns all forms of racism and injustice. It is our mission to provide free, open and equitable access to information, and to serve all members of our vibrant and diverse community with respect and dignity. We stand with the Black community and affirm that Black Lives Matter.
As meaningful conversations about racism and injustice are happening all across the country, the East Brunswick Public Library is committed to supporting and facilitating these conversations, and to providing the tools and resources to help further this important dialogue.
During this painful and difficult time in our country, we remain committed to the values of intellectual freedom, equity, and access for all members of our community. For more information on how libraries are responding to current events and social justice issues, please visit http://www.ala.org/advocacy/diversity/libraries-respond
Let's Talk About Race, Racism, Bias & Prejudice: It can be difficult for some families to get these conversations started, but discussion is imperative. The Youth Services Department has compiled resources for all families.
Anti-Racist Books for Kids: Children need to see themselves in books! They also need to see others. The Youth Services Department has compiled this list of booklists, blogs, and articles to help your family select diverse, anti-racist books.
Knowing that our partners want to provide antiracism and social justice titles to their patrons, we are launching a new program called Black Lives Matter: Community Read. The titles included in our Black Lives Matter: Community Read program are focused on #ownvoices and are intended to help patrons read, listen, learn and grow as they expand their knowledge of race relations. Donated by OverDrive, titles will be made available to libraries at no cost and patrons will be able to check these books out without waist-list or holds. To view all the titles, click here.
- Racism, Equality, and Ethics
- On Being Excluded: Testimonies by People of Color in Scholarly Publishing, Pt. 1
- On Being Excluded: Testimonies by People of Color in Scholarly Publishing, Pt. 2
- Diversity Toolkit: Social Justice, National Education Association
- Statement from Richard Besser, MD, on Racial Injustice, Violence, and Health In America
- Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views on Affects of Discrimination Across Major Population Groups in the United States
- Racism. It Stops With Me.
- “Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People,” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor for the New York Times
- Our Democracy’s Founding Ideals Were False When They Were Written: Black Americans Have Fought to Make Them True, By Nikole Hannah-Jones.
- Black Employees Matter, but Can They Take a Knee at Work?
- Injustice, in black and white
Health Disparities Between Blacks and Whites
- Health disparities between blacks and whites run deep
- Op-ed: ‘Racism is a public health crisis, Harvard School of Public Health
- Caring for Mental Health in Communities of Color During COVID-19
- Where Mental Health and Social Justice Meet
- Defining Health Equity, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Black Health Matters.
- Achieving Health Equity: Why health equity matters and what you can do to help give everyone a fair shot at being as healthy as they can be, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Equity Versus Equality
- The Price of Fairness | Social Injustice Documentary | Reel Truth Science
- A Conversation About Conversations About Race
- Kanopy: Social and Systemic Injustice Films
Co-discussants Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby host a lively multiracial, interracial conversation about the ways we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America. This show is "About Race."