This research guide is intended to provide background information about racism, anti-racism, and other tangential social justice issues. It is not an exhaustive list of the resources available, but merely serves as a starting point for research, education, and conversation. Some resources are limited to current FGCU students, staff, and faculty; these are the e-books, some of the streaming videos, and the library databases. For additional resources, please see our research guide, Additional Resources on Race.
Former FGCU President Martin and Former Provost Jim Llorens remind us that "we all have a fundamental and shared obligation to ensure 'liberty and justice for all'" and that at "great universities like FGCU, racism, bigotry and intolerance must be directly confronted."
The American Library Association has made the following statement:
"As our nation is gripped by protest and collective grief, ALA unequivocally condemns violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color."
The Florida Library Association states:
"While we often understand that libraries should be neutral organizations, that taking a stand is not appropriate, there is no neutral here. Constant terror, discrimination and exclusion of people based on race is not a political argument; there are no sides to this debate. Freedom from oppression is a human right. Access to opportunity, peace, and prosperity should be available to all."
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