"But here’s my question: Can we responsibly talk about the values of others without considering how we tolerate conditions that stunt their prospects?
The radical inequalities. The structures of exclusion. The disinvestment and isolation. The apartheid justice under which the Constitution means one thing in a ‘good’ neighborhood and something very different in a troubled one …
What is senseless is that we think we can address the problem without honestly acknowledging some fundamental truths.”
I think of my job as very much going to the root of librarianship, which is facilitating learning … and creating community. The main difference is that I (and my library) are moving well beyond just books, as are many other libraries.
The mayhem and the violence are the aftereffects. They are the residue.