“You don’t necessarily have to do anything once you acknowledge your privilege. You don’t have to apologize for it. You need to understand the extent of your privilege, the consequences of your privilege, and remain aware that people who are different from you move through and experience the world in ways you might never know anything about. They might endure situations you can never know anything about. You could, however, use that privilege for the greater good—to try to level the playing field for everyone, to work for social justice, to bring attention to how those without certain privileges are disenfranchised. We’re seen what the hoarding of privilege has done, and the results are shameful.”
— Roxane Gay, “Peculiar Benefits” from Bad Feminist (via thelifeguardlibrarian)
“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
— Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind (via bibliophilebunny)

(via thatgothlibrarian)

“A quarter of high schools with the highest percentage of black and Latino students do not offer Algebra II; a third of these schools do not offer chemistry. Fewer than half of American Indian and Native-Alaskan high school students have access to the full range of math and science courses in their high school”

floozys:

"hairless cats are disgusting!"

"hairy women are disgusting!" 

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American Libraries: Persepolis was banned briefly in 2013 at a high school in Chicago. It was removed from the library because of panels that depict torture. What are your thoughts on that situation?
Marjane Satrapi: It was very bizarre because it came from Chicago. Chicago is not like some place in the middle of nowhere. I thought it was completely stupid. It’s not like I made a porn magazine or something. I was very happy, though, because I saw these children, they were protesting. The good thing is that these people who ban things, it’s like they are completely unaware of what a human being is. If you want to make adolescents read a book, ban it! And then they all want to read it. Why not just explain it? It’s not like kids are dumb.
American Libraries Magazine, September/October 2014

niwandajones:

Thanks to the folks who fought and died for the workplace rights we enjoy.

Thanks to the folks still fighting to bring those rights to all.

Happy Labor Day.

(Photos courtesy of the Kheel Archives: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kheelcenter/collections/)

nateswinehart:

Being good to each other is so important, guys.

How many times are we going to insult and alienate our colleagues like this?

How many more times will we sabotage our collective work?

theredshedevil:

black-american-queen:

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