Theology, Race, and Libraries

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Theology, Race, and Libraries

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Recent theological research into the origin of race and the presence of structural racism in library systems of knowledge organization are investigated in order to create a new “antiracism” vocabulary. Since such a vocabulary is best served with a critical examination that starts with Christian theology and then, expands to inter-faith, inter-cultural, interdisciplinary fields (e.g. emerging positive peace studies and real-life initiatives such as Alternative Violence Project) that is what is done. Instead of descriptors of color and hyphenated Americans, a preliminary framework for an anti-racism vocabulary that rejects the language of race and instead uses human diversity—created, affirmed, and beloved by God—is developed using faith circles and the Christian identity doctrine of humankind created imago dei (i.e. created in the image of God).

This is a pre print of the paper presented on Friday June 17, 2016 at the Annual Conference of the American Theological Librarians Association (ATLA), Long Beach, California, June 15 – 18, 2016. The paper will be published in the ATLA 2016 Conference Proceedings.

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Anita Coleman

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June 2016

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Anita Coleman, “Theology, Race, and Libraries,” Anti-Racism Digital Library, accessed July 27, 2017, http://sacred.omeka.net/items/show/91.