Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Because Black Lives Matter

Dear HCMS Family,

There has been a lot in the media lately surrounding racism in America.  

You may have questions.  You may be confused. You may be sad or angry or scared.  You may be wondering, "What can I do?"

As your librarian, it is my duty to provide resources for you to deal with issues.  To help you find clarity.  

So here are some resources for you to dive into.  Resources that promote antiracism. This list is just the beginning.  Educate yourself.  Research.  Join.  Follow.  Devote yourself to love.




READ:
  • HERE is a list of 31 children's books that support conversations on race, racism, and resistance.  
  • I've also curated a list of similar titles on our HCMS Library Sora/Overdrive account.  These are ebooks that you can access at home.  
    • Log into the SORA app (using THESE DIRECTIONS).
    • Click on Collections
    • Select "Black Lives Matter"
  • I especially encourage you to check out the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds (adapted from Stamped by Ibram X Kendi).  It is an important read.  It is a necessary read.  I've purchased extra ebook copies that are available in Sora.  But I also encourage you to order your own copy.  This is one that you will want to revisit, reread, and write in.  Trust me.


WATCH:
I love THIS VIDEO from Franchesca Ramsey about how to be an ally.



KidLit Rally for Black Lives - Listen to some of our favorite authors




ACT:
  • Check in with your black friends, family, partners, etc
  • Educate yourself and read up on what it means to be antiracist
  • Screenshot, share, and repost resources to educate those around you
  • Don't center the narrative around you. Identify privilege and condemn it
  • Stop supporting organizations that promote hate.
  • Be an ally and advocate after the outrage ends
  • Continue to donate, fund, and support initiatives you care about 
  • Don't shy away from difficult conversations
  • When the time comes, register to VOTE and then exercise your right!  VOTE!
  • COMMIT:  Fill in your on-going commitment for racial justice and SHARE!  "I Commit to: ____________"
  • Any time you have concerns, reach out to your leaders (email, tweet, call, etc)
  • Use your voice!