‘Woke’ Librarian Claims Libraries Are Racist — No, This Is Not Satire

Written by K. Walker on April 18, 2019

In the ever-expanding list of things that are racist, you can add libraries.

Back in December 2017, Tucker Carlson posted an epic thread on Twitter where he listed 100 ridiculous things that Leftists complain are racist. Among the entries that included tamarisk trees in California, Dr. Seuss, the state of New Jersey, milk, Bitcoin, the solar eclipse, and credit reports, he missed the most obvious one — libraries.

At least, it’s obvious to “woke” librarian, Sofia Leung.

Library Journal tweeted out a link to Leung’s blog post that claimed that libraries “promote and proliferate whiteness with their very existence.

Her blog covers the topics of libraries, social justice, and critical race theory.

Leung starts by praising Marie Kondo, the decluttering guru who now has a Netflix show. Kondo’s method of “tidying up” includes rather radical and impractical means of decluttering by assessing possessions on whether or not they “spark joy.” (So, I guess it’s ok to get rid of that toilet plunger?!)

Leung was attempting to “connect the dots” on how she came up with the premise that libraries are havens of white supremacy by using Kondo’s principles, a podcast she listened to, a chat she had with another “woke” librarian with whom she was sharing an AirBnB as they attended the “White AF” conference, and her understanding of critical race theory.

By definition, critical race theory presupposes that racism is inherent in American society and it centers race as the primary focus for analysis of legal, social, and educational issues. It is the theory that leftists point to that “reveals” that America is a systemically racist country and that “whiteness” and “white supremacy” is valued by those that hold the reigns of power — which in itself is racist.

Many that ascribe to critical race theory hold the bizarre and incompatible view that race is a “social construct” and should, therefore, be dismissed — unless it means to suppress white people (especially white men) and elevate literally anyone else.

Leong explains that because so many books (historically) have been written by “straight, white men,” libraries are monuments to the worldview and ideas of “straight, white men” as though that is one unified view.

If you look at any United States library’s collection, especially those in higher education institutions, most of the collections (books, journals, archival papers, other media, etc.) are written by white dudes writing about white ideas, white things, or ideas, people, and things they stole from POC and then claimed as white property with all of the “rights to use and enjoyment of” that Harris describes in her article. When most of our collections filled with this so-called “knowledge,” it continues to validate only white voices and perspectives and erases the voices of people of color. Collections are representations of what librarians (or faculty) deem to be authoritative knowledge and as we know, this field and educational institutions, historically, and currently, have been sites of whiteness.

She also claims that “white” people have stolen ideas from people of color without credit to those communities and thereby marginalize them.

Library collections continue to promote and proliferate whiteness with their very existence and the fact that they are physically taking up space in our libraries. They are paid for using money that was usually ill-gotten and at the cost of black and brown lives via the prison industrial complex, the spoils of war, etc. Libraries filled with mostly white collections indicates that we don’t care about what POC think, we don’t care to hear from POC themselves, we don’t consider POC to be scholars, we don’t think POC are as valuable, knowledgeable, or as important as white people. To return to the Harris quote from above, library collections and spaces have historically kept out Black, Indigenous, People of Color as they were meant to do and continue to do. One only has to look at the most recent incident at the library of my alma mater, Barnard College, where several security guards tried to kick out a Black Columbia student for being Black.

Source: Sofia Leung

Ummmm… which is it? Is the “white” perspective the prime example of horrible, monolithic tunnel-vision, or do nefarious white people steal from people of color and promote those ideas as their own? You can’t have it both ways.

Why is it the “woke” anti-racists sound so darned racist all of the time? Oh, it’s because they keep judging an entire group of people based on the color of their skin which is the actual definition of racism. 

Oh, and by the way, the incident at Barnard College that Leung referenced isn’t so cut and dry. It seems that the student was looking for free food late at night and when caught by campus police wandering on campus late at night ignored the request to show his Student ID. The campus police followed him into the library (ironic!) and again asked him to show his Student ID because it was after 11 pm, which is in line with the college’s policy. He still refused, and only after campus police grabbed his arm did someone start filming the incident. So, to sum up, he was belligerent, refused to obey the officers who were just following policy, and then called it racism.

But if you’re looking through the lens of “critical race theory” the details of an event don’t matter — the only thing that does matter is skin color.

What these advocates of the inherently racist “critical race theory” don’t realize is that they have become the thing that they hate the most — they are vile racists.

You can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge the ideas of an author based on their skin color, but I think it is completely fair to judge someone based on the ideas that they have clearly expressed. As she has revealed in her article, Sofia Leung is racist against white people.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, occasional Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll

 

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