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.
Please check out our book list regarding fiction by black authors, plus non-fiction books regarding race, racism, and anti-racism here.
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.
Your Antiracism Education Begins
More books to check out in our library here: Swampscott Library: Confronting Racism
Want to help Black lives but feel like you need to learn more first? Do you need a place where you can talk about your thoughts and feelings around George Floyd and the protests? Then join us where we will have a safe and open environment to speak. There will, however, be rules that will be addressed at the first meeting.
On Thursday, July 16th at 6pm, we will discuss White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo via Zoom. If you are interested in signing up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or go here to sign up!