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California State University San Marcos Uses COVID Funds to Expand ‘Anti-Racist’ Library

California State University San Marcos Uses COVID Funds to Expand ‘Anti-Racist’ Library

“To me, this is a clear sign that we are moving toward a more anti-racist praxis.”

Good thing we gave out all that COVID cash to universities. How else would they have done this?

The College Fix reports:

California university’s ‘anti-racist’ library collection funded with COVID relief funds

California State University San Marcos expanded its “anti-racist” library collection with the help of federal COVID relief dollars, according to a recent announcement from the school.

“I am incredibly excited about the library’s tangible commitment to developing our collections in ways that wholly represent the experiences and voices of communities and groups that have been historically underrepresented and marginalized in academia,” librarian Lalitha Nataraj said in a CSUSM news release. “To me, this is a clear sign that we are moving toward a more anti-racist praxis.”

“Thanks to money from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the library was able to purchase access to these digital collections that go directly to support teaching and research,” the September 14 news release stated. “Additional funding came from the chancellor’s office – with support of the CSU provosts – following a vote of the CSU council of library deans after feedback was requested from campus faculty.”

The archives now include an “American Indian Histories and Cultures collection.” The university purchased a “Black Drama collection [which] contains more than 1,700 plays written by more than 200 Black playwrights from around the world,” according to another librarian.

This is how the library its doing part to advance the “collective” campus goal of being “anti-racist,” according to Nataraj, the librarian.

“The library does not exist in a vacuum, inured to the structural inequities and systemic oppression that impacts Black, Indigenous and People of Color,” Nataraj said.

“Our collections are organic, and library staff and faculty constantly update them to reflect the changing sensibilities of the world around us,” she told the university. This includes “developing our materials to be more representative and anti-racist, addressing instances of racist language in our collections and catalog records, and analyzing our print collections to fill gaps.”

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Comments

Suburban Farm Guy | September 20, 2022 at 8:24 am

Anti-racism is code for Kill Whitey. Anti-racists were frauds and liars before; now they’re also thieves. Hard to believe, I know…. Such stellar characters pushing this garbage

The Gentle Grizzly | September 20, 2022 at 10:11 am

How much of ANY Covid funding was spent for its intended purpose?

How much will be demanded back for improper use?

“To me, this is a clear sign that we are moving toward a more anti-racist praxis.”
To me, it’s a clear sign that Democrats always help other Democrats graft.