Black Lives Matter

Dear Swampscott Residents,

The Swampscott Public Library stands in solidarity with our Black community members. We grieve the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. We condemn this brutal injustice, one of far too many killings that have preceded it, including those of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. We stand for racial equity and social justice for all.

We recognize that white people, privileged simply by the color of their skin, have an important role to play in creating a just and equitable society for everyone. Some of us are already active in this fight for racial justice while others have just begun. Some may be looking for how they can learn more. Here we will cultivate as comprehensive a list as we can to educate about racism, and also to support our black community.

We must all fight against racism. The time to act is now.

Please watch this short video to begin your learning.

Along with this series of NYT conversations, there are also videos about Native Americans and Latinx people.

Please check out our book list regarding fiction by black authors, plus non-fiction books regarding race, racism, and anti-racism here.

For comprehensive lists of books, movies, articles, people to follow on Twitter, podcasts, and organizations to join and support click here and here. For lists for all ages, click here.

Booklist for white people confronting racism.

Check out the Boston chapter of SURJ ( Showing Up for Racial Justice) for anti-racism training. And also Mothers Out Front.

Some organizations such as SURJ, Black Lives Matter, and Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) have chapters all over Massachusetts that are organizing events and have everyday actions that you can take for racial justice.

Other resources: Equal Justice Initiative and Americans of Conscience Checklist

Your Antiracism Education Begins

More articles:

For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies

Ibram X. Kendi Brings his Anti-Racism Crusade to Boston University

6 Ways to be Antiracist because “Not Racist” isn’t Enough.

Debunking a Myth: The Irish were not Slaves, Too
Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risk, Affecting Black Mothers Most

More videos:

Black Feminism and the Movement for Black Lives

The Difference Between Being “Not Racist” and “Anti-Racist”

How to Build an Anti-Racist Movement with Ibram X. Kendi

12 Free Documentaries And Shows About Black History And Racism In America

More books to check out in our library here: Swampscott Library: Confronting Racism

The History of White People in America by WGBH