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iSchools Issue Statement on Injustice and Racism

11 Jun 2020 18:13 | iSchools News (Administrator)

The iSchools Organization has released the following Statement on Injustice and Racism:

“We are angered and saddened by the senseless and horrific murder of George Floyd and the killings of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Over the past two months, the pandemic has laid bare the economic and health disparities in society and disparate impact it is having on our minority communities, particularly African Americans. Many members of our University and College communities have witnessed or have been directly impacted by hateful and racially motivated incidents. Know that we stand with you and will join those groups dedicated to fighting racism and to show that Black lives matter.

“We must accept and acknowledge the role of our institutions in upholding an unjust system of racism and discrimination of Black, indigenous, and people of color. We must teach our students of the history of racism and discrimination in the Information Sciences and how it still persists. But we must do more.

“iSchools have a special role to play in the fight against racism and injustice given our focus on addressing systemic societal problems and bringing about change through the power of knowledge and information. As a network of academic institutions deeply committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion, and openness, this is a call to action. 

“We as iSchools must find ways to apply our discipline to address both the overt and the insidious inequities and injustices that persist in our institutions and in our society. We pledge to increase the visibility and voice of people of color. We must protect and support scholars who engage in controversial topics and who speak out for social justice. We recommit ourselves to increasing the diversity and inclusion of students, faculty, staff, and leadership in the field as well as fighting for increased diversity in the information and knowledge industries.

“All members of the iSchools organization welcome opportunities to listen, learn, and discuss how to be part of that change.”

The iSchools Statement on Injustice and Racism was drafted by representatives of the Organization’s North American Region and approved by the Organization’s international Board of Directors.

Additional Resources

The following supporting resources are provided by the North American regional representatives:

Understanding and Addressing White Privilege

Understanding Police Violence and Mass Incarceration

Anti-Racism Resources for Teaching

Opportunities to Take Action and Engage in Discussion

Suggested Readings from iSchool Faculty and Staff 

  • The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New York Times Magazine
  • Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Noble
  • How to be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal Fleming
  • Race After Technology by Ruha Benjamin 
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Teaching to Transgress by Bell Hooks
  • The Case for Reparations by Ta-NehisI Coates
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Thick and other Essays by Tressie McMillian Cottom

Other Collections of Resources

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