I went on a shopping spree today! I understand that I am so lucky to continue living like this. The Chicago police were not sent to “clean up the streets” of my neighbourhood. The store I started my day with, Women and Children First(independent and feminist) was ready to remind me of this with it’s sizeable intersectional race, gender, and sexuality section (second photo) I really recommend it. Their children’s section prominently displaced the fantastic “Mommy, Mama and Me” (pictured above) depicting a multiracial same sex couple and their child. Too cute! My second shop, RavensWood Used Books, appeared apolitical.( It was like a labyrinth in both the best and worst ways (observe oblivion in photo five). The final place, Myopic Books, was well stocked but the prices were high (check out the $40 vintage copy of “Living poor with Style”) as the three stories and fiction A-E balcony! (The view from it can be seen from the seventh image). That’s my cousin in the sixth photo, I has so much fun with her as she showed me around.
Unidentified child reads, stomps away happily.
The Book Cops of Delaware
Master Cpl. Gary Tabor of the Wilmington, Delaware police department had been in plenty of homes during his time in the major crimes unit and he realized there was at least one common denominator - the lack of books in the home. Then he heard about the correlation between books in the home and higher graduation rates from high school and the light went on and “The Book ‘Em Cops and Kids Literacy Initiative” was born.
Since the program began almost 6,000 books have been distributed for free and for many of the kids it is the first book they ever owned!
Proactive policing at its finest and really good to see. The program which started with Tabor now includes 20 officers. The books are donated by the community including 1,000 of which were recently collected in a book drive by a local elementary school. Story, with video, at delaware online
Photos by SUCHAT PEDERSON/THE NEWS JOURNAL
You have the right to read in silence.
I used to think this was amazing, and now I understand it was probably for PR on the police’s part or perhaps a white saviour complex. It is definitely difficult not to be cynical about it. Black children can be and are educated (that is not to disregard the systematic discrimination of the schooling system) even so, when they speak (regardless of eloquence or vast-well-read-vocabularies) for equality they are hardly heard.
“Writing is a struggle against silence.”
— Carlos Fuentes (via aestheticintrovert
Okay, this quotation is quite relevant, but there are no books on Ferguson because it’s happening right now. There is just the news and journalists are being blocked by the police. However, this is not an excuse to remain ignorant. It is the individual’s responsibility to educate themselves. Resources are all over tumblr. I’m currently in rural Ontario, Canada. My residency does not have any live television (only music and local weather reports are on the radio). I’m tapping the next door neighbour’s wifi (She knows. I’m not stealing) but I’m blogging! I am aware I have no more than 40 followers many of whom are mutual follows. However, I need to know you are all informed.
(Source: trekkiencc1701, via bluestockingbookworm)