The recent killings and acts of police brutality against Black Americans
serve as horrifying reminders that racism is not only still here, but it is
systemic, affecting all aspects of our lives. The Association for Recorded
Sound Collections stands in support of, and in service to, our Black
members, as well as those in the community at large who face violence and
oppression every single day. Today we remember George Floyd, Breonna
Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Manuel Ellis, and countless others who
have lost their lives.
ARSC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of
sound recordings in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and
from all periods. Black voices and music are intrinsically part of the
fabric of our shared recorded sound heritage; it is imperative that those
in places of privilege and ability speak out in solidarity against violence
and inequity faced by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color and,
when possible, follow through with actions.
ARSC is committed to seek out ways to improve our own operations. We need
to do the work to make us better allies and advocates for the Black members
of our community of librarians, archivists, scholars, collectors,
musicians, and technicians. To that end, here are a few initiatives we plan
to pursue in the near future:
Members of ARSC's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee have been
drafting and developing the ARSC Code of Conduct, which is now approaching
its final feedback and revision stages. The adoption of such a document is
long overdue and we apologize to our members for its delay.
We will investigate new ways to introduce inclusivity into our programs,
conferences, committees, and organizational culture.
We will implement bias training for all board members and committee
chairs. This training will also be available to all members who wish to
We will continue discussions and conversations around these issues and
will strive to listen to and learn from one another's experiences.
We invite you all to join us in these efforts to better ourselves and ARSC.
We welcome constructive conversation and look forward to working with you
to prove to our community that ARSC believes that Black Lives Matter.
ARSC’s Anti-Harassment Policy (to be replaced by the forthcoming ARSC
Code of Conduct): http://www.arsc-audio.org/pdf/AntiHarassmentPolicy.pdf
American Library Association’s Keeping Up With… Microaggressions:
Anti-racism resources, compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein:
Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia Anti-Racist Description
The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook: https://inclusivehistorian.com/
Justice in June, compiled by Autumn Gupta:
National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Talking About
Race web portal:
We Here LLC: https://www.wehere.space/
Robin DiAngelo’s Why "I'm Not Racist" Is Only Half The Story:
WITNESS’ Community-Based Approaches to Archives From the Black Lives
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