Libraries for Liberation imagines a world of radical love – without oppression – where our full humanity is celebrated and our freedom to live into our creative potential is complete.
Racism interlocks with other systems of oppression to block this vision from being realized. We are socialized to believe that racism is a thing of the past and that acknowledging race is the problem, while being subtly and persistently fed a steady stream of racism – like whitewashed versions of history through our schools and stereotypical portrayals of BIPOC through the media. Despite cries of America being a post-racial society, racism is deeply woven into the fabric of American culture and institutions and manifests as disproportionate access and opportunity to high quality education, housing, healthcare, and other basic needs. Narratives that say otherwise are not only lies, but prevent us from confronting the past and the reality of our present.
Libraries for Liberation provides opportunities and resources for individuals and their communities to awaken to the reality of systemic racism and the myth of white supremacy. Our work supports consciousness growth and emphasizes the liberatory concepts of racial identity, critical consciousness, healing, solidarity and activism, and hope.