This guide is intended to provide general information about anti-racism & anti-oppression. Information relevant to social justice are discussed here and are meant to be a starting point for further conversations. This guide is by no means an exhaustive list of anti-oppressive initiatives or resources, and will be continuously updated and added to.
The Smith College Libraries community is outraged by the recent brutal deaths of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among others. These murders of Black people are unacceptable and unjust. They are visible acts of violence deeply rooted in a history and culture of racism in the United States. Protests held in every state of the Union and District of Columbia against police brutality, White supremacy and injustices toward the Black community have created a turning point in challenging systemic oppression and racism.
While libraries as cultural institutions have long championed free and open access to accurate and unbiased information, the Smith College Libraries recognizes that this work continues to be shaped by a legacy of White supremacy and anti-Blackness. If the library community is to be truly inclusive, we must examine our values, physical spaces, programming, systems, and methodologies.
The staff of the Libraries commits to:
We can no longer simply aspire to the notion of ‘access for all’. Now is the time to act on it.
We have attempted to bring together quality, relevant resources for the anti-oppression issues in this guide, but are not immune from the limits and hidden biases of our own privileges and perspectives as allies. We welcome and greatly appreciate any feedback and suggestions for the guide (adapted from Simmons Anti-Oppression guide) . Please contact us if you notice any dead links.