We live at a crucial moment in the history of our American experiment. The ravages of the coronavirus pandemic have exposed centuries-old fault lines in our society: poverty, racism, justice unequally applied—all crystalized by and graphically displayed in the brutal murder of George Floyd. We are hurting. Every day, we witness public actions driven by fear, hatred and anxiety. Our country desperately needs dialogue, and for public dialogue to succeed, there must be openness based on understanding of and empathy for the way others experience life in this country.
We at Elting are proud to provide our community with the tools to achieve that openness. Even when our doors are closed, we continue to offer resources that promote understanding, offer diverse points of view and challenge us to think beyond our own safe havens.
We pledge to evaluate our collections, programs and services to better serve this moment and to continually strive to be New Paltz’s heart of democracy, where all are welcome, and knowledge is free.
For a list of books, films, articles and websites that we hope may be helpful in promoting an understanding of race in America, please click here.
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