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Statement on Racial Inequality
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The Oklahoma Library Association (OLA) stands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and condemns racism and violence against Black people and all people of color. We stand with library workers, library users, and members of our community who are susceptible to acts of prejudice, threats of violence, and even death based solely on their race or ethnicity. The systemic racism in our nation, as well as individual prejudice, are barriers to social equity and are in opposition to our vision of enriching the lives of all Oklahomans.

As we marked the recent anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, we remember our state’s history of racism and violence and reflect on the continuing effects of oppression. It is with deep sorrow that we remember those who have suffered or lost their lives due to bigotry and abuses of power. We recognize also that we must acknowledge our own biases and the impact of our words and actions. It is only through confronting our discomfort and holding ourselves accountable that we can begin to create meaningful change.

OLA urges its members to actively oppose systemic social injustices against Black people and people of color. We encourage libraries and library staff to promote equity in our state—with diverse programming and collections, inclusive hiring and workplace practices, and using our voices as leaders in our communities. OLA recently voted to create the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Intellectual Freedom Round Table which will support these efforts now and continually. We call on library and information services leaders, staff, and advocates to abolish racism in all its forms and stand together to support those who need it the most.

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