All is eclipsed by the protests all over this country and the world to demand that police violence against black men, women and children must stop. The unnecessary and brutal murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, his murder on top of all of those we know about (and the many we don’t), has demonstrated that justice has consistently been denied. We are all with those who protest for communities and people feeling the trauma and the pain of injustice.
I acknowledge the traumatic and exhausting impact of racism on our colleagues and friends who are African Americans and People of Color is outside my experience and difficult to even imagine. This is the reason that I commit to moving from allyship to being anti-racist.
I am heartened that at MCFL we name racism and equity with intentionality in our library work, and we have the beginnings of looking at our individual actions- particularly those around the impact of white privilege and a shift to centering the voices of people of color as we cultivate racial equity and inclusion in our work. MCFL will continue to ask the question – who does a decision or action benefit and who does it burden? We will put an equity lens on all that we do- and how we do it. MCFL will lean into this work. We commit to a deeper fulfillment of our mission to provide welcoming, equitable and inclusive opportunities for all to connect, learn and explore.
As we deliver library services and engage with the Marin community, we commit to:
- work toward addressing structural and institutional racism daily.
- provide and expand resources to address inequities- even when some people may not understand or support.
- doing all we can to increase the diversity of our workforce and support paths for advancement that do not mean leaving the organization in order to advance.
- having thoughtful and courageous conversations about race and gender that may provoke discomfort
- learn about and address our institutional biases – implicit and explicit
I close this statement with the clear and direct message that was generated by the American Library Association and reposted by MCFL:
Director of County Library Services