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Statement on the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, USA


Statement on the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, USA

The CILIP BAME Network wishes to add our voice to those publicly condemning the death of George Floyd, a black man, who died whilst in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. Regrettably, George’s death is not the first but rather one of many that has occurred not only over decades but indeed centuries. We demand justice for George Floyd and for all those who have gone before him and we stand in solidarity with the statement of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. We encourage our members and supporters of anti-racism to consider the recommendations of the Black Caucus to amplify their voice against racism and injustice.

George Floyd’s death is also a symbol, one of those watershed moments that publicly confronts the global racism which has been faced by black people and people of colour for generations and demands that we acknowledge racism’s very existence; that we genuinely commit to dismantling it. However, there will be no change without our collective action. This moment requires reflection and action to dismantle systemic racism. This moment demands that on this occasion when the protests are over, the outrage has been shared and the words of comfort have been expressed that we are prepared to stand and play our part in destroying this cancer called racism. This requires that we understand what is racism, acknowledge it, that we reflect on our behaviours and change where necessary, that we are pro-active in lending our voice and our privilege to confront racism in all environments, that we actively support anti-racist policies and services within our organisations and wider society and that we create an environment where we positively and publicly support anti-racism.

Library, information and knowledge professionals have a key role to play in dismantling racism. The CILIP BAME Network calls on professionals to pro-actively deliver collections, services, space and teaching with the objective of creating an anti-racist society. We ask everyone to personally reflect and take action.

Header image: Wandbild Portrait George Floyd von Eme Street Art im Mauerpark (Berlin) from Wikimedia Commons


Press release 

Published:  3 June 2020


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