Black Lives Matter
As a bookstore, there are a lot of different ideas contained on our shelves. All kinds of different viewpoints and opinions. But here's something that's not an opinion:
Black lives matter.
That's a fact. That's not a controversial statement. There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Black lives matter, and in so many ways every single day, as a society and as individuals, intentionally or unconsciously, that fact is being refuted. It has to stop, and the only way it can stop is if those who benefit from the existence of institutionalized racism do the work to start dismantling it. Solidarity isn't enough. It's past time to get to work.
We're a book store, so of course, our first thought is to turn to books by antiracist educators and experts. We've listed some recommendations here, but we're not promoting these because we want to sell them. We want people to READ them. We're promoting them because we have a platform and it's our responsiblity to use that platform to amplify voices who need to be heard. So borrow from a friend, buy from another bookstore, get it from the library, download an audiobook or an ebook. Read. Think about it. Talk about it. Then read another. Take action. Keep thinking and learning and growing as a person.
We can all do better. We must.
This selection of books was drawn from Ibram X. Kendi's Syllabus for Antiracism published in The Atlantic, and from another selection of his recommendations as featured in The New York Times. Kendi is the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C. He is also a National Book Award winning author whose works include bestselling titles Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be An Antiracist.