Oakland Responds: Charlottesville

From Oakland to Charlottesville, libraries are united in opposition to hate and violence. Here we share resources so we can all learn the mistakes of history and shape a more equitable future.

From Oakland to Charlottesville, we are united in our opposition to hate and violence. We are proud to echo the American Library Association’s clear statement affirming that, “We stand in solidarity with the people of Virginia as well as anyone who protests hate and fights for equity, diversity and inclusion.”

Racism, bigotry and white nationalism are not new phenomena. Brazen marches through the streets of Charlottesville and Berkeley have shown the face of a movement long-simmering and ever-threatening to Black, Jewish, Muslim, immigrant and queer communities -- and to our democracy. 

As long as these movements have existed, so have movements promoting justice and equity. Our libraries foster education so that we can learn the mistakes of history and shape a more equitable future. As libraries, we strongly uphold free speech and draw a line at intimidation and violence intended to promote segregation, terror and ethnic cleansing.

Below we share resources so that we can better understand white supremacist movements and the powerful resistance to them. 

For parents and teachers we recommend:

  1. Working Together for Justice, Unity Kindness Peace booklists from the Association for Library Services to Children
  2. How to Talk to Your Kids About Charlottesville, an excellent booklist from the NY Times
  3. How to Talk to Your Kids About the Violence in Charlottesville, 8 clear steps from LATimes education reporter Sonali Kohli


For adults and teens we recommend:

  1. Oakland Responds: Charlottesville, resource list on white supremacy and movements to defeat it
  2. fREADom post-election booklists and resources from Oakland Library
  3. Listen, Learn, Participate: a Black Lives Matter Resource Series
  4. Hate and hurt in America: On Charlottesville by j powell, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
  5. ACLU of California Statement: White Supremacist Violence is Not Free Speech




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