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Ivy League Librarian Group Demands ‘World Without Policing’

Ivy League Librarian Group Demands ‘World Without Policing’

“immediately begin the work of divesting from police and prisons”

Do any of the elitists who want to abolish police think they will never need them? Do they think violent crime will stop with no prisons and no police?

Campus Reform reports:

Ivy League librarians demand a ‘world without policing’

A group of 13 “abolitionist librarians” from Ivy League universities who call themselves “AbLA Ivy+” is demanding that their colleagues “immediately begin the work of divesting from police and prisons.”

The Association of Research Libraries released a statement in support of “protests against police brutality” in June. It called on “leaders of libraries and archives to examine our institutions’ role in sustaining systems of inequity.”

The statement demands that “material resources are procured and highlighted to chronicle the history of white supremacy, oppression of marginalized peoples, and the laws and policies that create systemic inequities” as well as attention to hiring those “who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color.”

In a more recent statement, AbLA Ivy+ claims that while these actions should be “applauded,” they “have not gone far enough.” The group wants Ivy League librarians to “explicitly name policing itself as the problem” and take actions that will lead to the “complete abolition of law enforcement.”

“The solution to police violence is not reform but an abolition of policing in all its forms. Therefore, we call on the leadership of our institutions and all of our colleagues to embrace an abolitionist vision of a hopeful, life-affirming future and to immediately begin the work of divesting from police and prisons with the ultimate goal of the complete abolition of law enforcement and surveillance from library spaces, campuses, communities — in short, everywhere,” the statement reads.

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Mandatory “professional retreat” junket to Mogadisju for this entire group in 3… 2…

They will be happy to submit to robbers, rapists and beatings.

The implicit claim seems to be that non-whites are criminals, who must be free to pursue their crime without being subject to white supremacy aka law and order.

Three out of the 13 librarians are at Cornell University. They hold relatively junior positions and are not in any position to decide whether the police can be called in to enforce laws within the library buildings if law are being violated.

Hypothetically, suppose that someone starts to openly deal drugs in one of the branch libraries where the signatories work. Would they just say, “I am woke and willing to be an accessory to felony drug dealing?’

LibraryGryffon | December 6, 2020 at 10:19 pm

There are many reasons I am no longer a librarian. (I’ve just had this handle for decades, so I’m not about to change it, I still love libraries.) 95% of the other members of the profession are a major one.

If you want to hear a pin drop on carpeting, put your hand up when the president of your state special library association is about to tell a joke and then says “Maybe I should find out if there are any conservatives in here.” 😀

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