We, the staff of the Wesleyan University Library and Collections, are devastated by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and so many other people of color who were victims of police brutality. We deeply believe that Black Lives Matter. We understand that eliminating the systemic racism that pervades our society must be a responsibility and a calling for all of us. We also understand that this work is difficult and often painful, and that it will not happen quickly. Nevertheless, we are committed to working towards this common goal in our own areas of purview, both within the structure of the library and beyond.
As a first, fledgling step, we commit to the Oberlin Group Statement Against Racism and the Boston Library Consortium Statement. As repositories of knowledge and tools for societal change, libraries must facilitate social justice on many levels. We take that mission seriously.
We call on students, faculty, staff, and the broader Wesleyan community to join us in this work, and to reach out with any ideas on how we can continue moving forward together.
A statement on working to build an anti-racist community at Wesleyan and affirming Black Lives Matter can be found on President Roth’s blog.