Our Unequivocal Support for Asian Communities and Recommended Reading
It has been made painfully clear that anti-Asian racism is on the rise in the wake of the tragic events in Atlanta, as well as the large number of anti-Asian attacks in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m condemning these acts and reaffirming that there is no place for racism or violence at TPL or in our city, and at the same time expressing my unequivocal support for our Asian and Asian-Canadian staff, customers, partners, and their friends and families.
Some think racism exists elsewhere, that somehow racist behaviour happens in other workplaces, in other communities, and cities. Denying the existence of racism simply perpetuates the problem. Now is a time to take action to eliminate racism in all its forms, condemning the recent rise in anti-Asian racism.
In addition to this statement, we will continue to actively combat racism by developing and implementing a workplace equity and inclusion strategy and action plan this year. Equity, diversity and inclusion are key public library values that will be reflected in this plan.
Library staff have compiled a Stop Asian Hate reading list that can help us learn more about the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian North Americans.
I’m also sharing the Responding to Hate Toolkit, developed by a group of prominent Asian Canadian leaders in collaboration with Ryerson University. The toolkit includes a list of resources to help those who may be victims of or a witness to racially motivated hate or discrimination.
Let’s take care of ourselves and each other.