“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
The (AAPI) community has been impacted by targeted discrimination and violence, which has spiked considerably during the pandemic. We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community. Your library and public libraries across the nation are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our collections to reflect the range of cultures in our community and beyond. We encourage you to use the anti-racism resources the Library has curated to facilitate dialogue about what is happening in this arena in America today.
The Library is taking action to combat racism and increase equity, diversity and inclusion. Here are some of the changes we’ve been instituting:
- Conducting diversity audits in both the Adult and Youth departments. This entails examining every item in the collection to look for biases, racism and stereotypical tropes. Additionally, an audit tells us what we are missing in the collection and provides an opportunity to add materials of diversity where we are lacking.
- Extending library access to those without a home or in temporary shelters with Temporary Visitors’ Library cards.
- Adding NVDA screen reader and magnifier software to public computers that allows users to increase screen size and utilize a screen reader for text to speech.
- Creating a blind applicant process for job openings to eliminate bias.
- Offering a reading program that challenges readers to learn about cultures and hear from voices other than their own.
- Ongoing staff development and training, including completion of these Library Journal courses: “Equity in Action: Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture” and “Equity in Action: Building Diverse Collections.”
To see resources for kids and teens, please visit #OwnVoices.
Hispanic and LatinX Voices
Middle Eastern Voices
Native American Voices
Terms to know:
- BIPOC: Black, Indigenous and People of Color
- Discrimination: the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex; recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another.
- Hate crime: in the simplest terms, a hate crime must include both “hate” and a “crime.”
- Privilege: a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group
- Racism: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.
- American Library Association Definitions of hate and hate crimes and more
- Anti-Discrimination League
- Black Lives Matter
- Center for Anti-Racist Research
- Chicago ROAR
- Enrich Chicago
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Hate crimes
- Black Lives Matter Instructional Library
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Here’s How You Can Support the AAPI Community Right Now
- History of Anti-Asian Racism in the United States
- Learn about hate crimes
- Talking About Race
- Racial Bias Test
- Stop AAPI hate reports Reports of hate crimes against AAPI
- What is a hate incident?
- Who Gets to Be Afraid In America? Ibram X. Kendi
Organizations to follow:
- Antiracism Center: Twitter
- Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Hate speech and hate crime
- The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- 1619 (New York Times Podcast. The transformation of slavery in America)
- Code Switch (NPR) Includes various podcasts on different racial issues.
- Momentum (Race Forward) Racial justice issues
- Seeing White Whiteness and white supremacy in America, 14 part series
- Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses ‘White Fragility’ (1:23:30)
- “How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)
- Korean American Community Foundation’s webinar, Anti-Asian Racism & Violence: Then and Now (1:05:02)
- Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story – Robin DiAngelo (6:33)