The University of Iowa

The University of Iowa Libraries' Statement on Eliminating Racism

June 4, 2020

"This is not news: a deep divide continues to tear at this country. Injustices widen the gap. COVID-19 has affected more black, Latinx, and Native Americans than any others. People of Asian descent are experiencing heightened racism. The tragic deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky made the news. And yet, this is not news. This is the daily reality of racism for many in this country.

Most of us live with racism, many suffer because of racism, some die because of racism. A deep divide continues to tear at this country, leaving gaps in the availability of healthcare, housing, jobs, and education. This is unacceptable. Rather than complacently living with racism, those of us who also live with privilege can empower ourselves to stop racism and work to erase its effects."

Read the full statement on the UI Libraries' blog

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