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|SIBA Statement Against Racism|
SIBA Statement Against Racism
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance stands against racism, and the injustices suffered by Black people in our country. The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and the rising up of people around the world in protest of police brutality and systemic racism, have brought our staff and board together in difficult and honest conversation. As an organization located in the South, we recognize racism is a part of our culture and it is our responsibility to be active allies to Black people, to continue having these conversations, digging deeper, and doing the work. We acknowledge, as an all-white staff and board, a lack of diversity in our leadership; we mutually vow to confront any implicit bias. We vow to stand next to Black people, to listen to and hear Black people in the book industry, and to work towards empowering them.
How we are doing this:
We invite questions or suggestions on the above from our membership. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda-Marie Barrett, Executive Director
Kelly Justice, SIBA President
Shane Gottwals, SIBA Board
Janet Geddis, SIBA Board
John Cavalier, SIBA Board
Nicki Leone, SIBA Staff
SP Rankin, SIBA Staff