“Libraries are predominantly white fields, and Cornell is no exception in this regard.”
Perhaps progressives could save the rest of us some time and just tell us what isn’t racist.
The Hill reports:
Ivy League librarian says libraries reinforce white supremacy
Many American students learned about the Dewey Decimal system in grade school, but not all of them were taught about the man who created it: Melvil Dewey.
More than a century after Dewey first published the proprietary library classification system in 1876, the librarian and educator’s influence has been overshadowed by his racism, antisemitism and sexual harassment. But the Dewey Decimal system isn’t the only example of white supremacy in libraries, according to a Cornell University librarian who spoke during a virtual teach-in on anti-Asian racism.
“As a librarian, I see the ways in which my profession has the capacity to confront bias and misinformation in ways we approach and teach information and digital literacy,” said Reanna Esmail, outreach and engagement librarian at Olin Library, according to the Cornell Daily Sun.
Esmail went on to say that, “Libraries are predominantly white fields, and Cornell is no exception in this regard. Libraries themselves also have a fraught history of being complicit in racism, and in some cases, upholding and disseminating racist ideas.”
In 2019, the American Library Association acknowledged Dewey’s history of racism, antisemitism and sexual harassment and removed his name from their top professional honor, the Melvil Dewey Medal.
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