Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Libraries Are Racist...Librarians Are Racist...The Dewey Decimal System Proves It!

"America's Wokest Librarian"


Oh, good grief.

So, let me get this straight. Now it's libraries, librarians, and the Dewey Decimal System that are racist? Forgive me if I struggle with this one a bit. I woke up this morning thinking that I must have had some kind of surreal dream during the night, but no, a quick search on Bing confirms that this ludicrous charge has been put forth by some woke extremist of a Cornell librarian who wants to claim her 15 minutes of fame before this whole woke-nightmare finally burns itself up out of sheer silliness. 

According to the Toronto Sun:

America’s wokest librarian doesn’t appear to actually like libraries.

Reanna Esmail, an outreach and engagement librarian (whatever that is) at Cornell University, claims that libraries aren’t the knowledge repositories you thought they were.

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“Libraries are predominantly white fields, and Cornell is no exception in this regard. Libraries themselves also have a fraught history of being complicit in racism, and in some cases, upholding and disseminating racist ideas.”

I'm not going to go into this woman's reasoning, faulty as it is,  because, frankly, I just can't take it all that seriously. I feel sorry for this wanna-be book burner, and I hope she enjoys her fifteen minutes.  I do hope that someone at Cornell is suitably embarrassed on her behalf.

 

8 comments:

  1. Did we slip into some alternate universe while I slept? This is crazy!

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    1. You know, this explains why I can't get the Twilight Zone theme song out of my head lately.

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  2. Good thing I'm a touch typist. My eyes just rolled so far back in my head that I think they're stuck.

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    1. I am hoping that this whole "woke" business has finally jumped the shark and that people will start seeing it for the absurdity that it is.

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  3. Thick as two short planks if she doesn't know that librarires are where people go to borrow books that teach them 'not' to be racist. Readers tend to be the least racist of all people. What the heck have these people got for brains you ask yourself.

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    1. Totally agree with you, Cath, that readers are the least likely racists in the universe. I think that's even been shown in various studies on empathy and a willingness to learn about different cultures. This woman has only 50 cards in her deck.

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  4. I'm thinking we are living in a strange world. Not just this "librarian" but so much more.

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    1. We really are, Jen. I think we've just about killed satire now because nothing seems too outlandish to be real.

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