Statement Against White Appropriation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color’s Labor
We, the undersigned Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) library, archives, and information workers and educators, reject the historical and increasing trend of white library, archives, and information workers and educators at all levels appropriating the work and professionally profiting from the lived experiences of BIPOC. This appropriation harms BIPOC and diminishes our opportunities and accomplishments. You advance your career and raise your profiles at our expense. We call for a collective interrogation of your self-professed commitment to and “expertise” in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI/DEI) and accessibility (IDEA). We call for a deep examination of your participation in the EDI industry that repeatedly panders to the lowest white consciousness in the room. We call for a reckoning with the historical and ongoing trauma you have caused through your continued adherence to white supremacist culture and ideals.