…ith feedback from real users in mind, we took a look at the anatomy of our most common story types. The idea was to break things down into their atomic parts, and make certain the design choices we’d made in the past served the needs of our audience right now.
Racism is complex in scope because it is both a mental illness and a value. In order words, it is a valued, sheltered, and protected mental illness. One might even say it has been incubated and allowed to fester throughout the course of American history.
Our country’s entire social, political, and economic system is built off of the promise that poor and working class whites would always get more than everyone else — that they deserved more than everyone else. When the profits of white supremacy prove to be meager, because capitalism will always send the spoils to the top few, the anger of being cheated out of their just rewards is easily funneled into racist hate.
…d this is where my sort of technology leanings and my librarian leanings are a little bit separate… I think it’s easy to sit home on your internet and only talk to the people you know, and feel like you’re part of a community. But we also are answerable in some ways to our communities that we’re actually geographically, physically a part of, and the library is that contact point.