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    Anchorage libraries hosting 2021 events that cast America as racist at heart

    By AlaskaWatchman.com

    The radical woke agenda of Anchorage area libraries will be on full display this year as the publicly funded institution begins a community-wide program for adults and children which consists of reading and discussing a book that claims America was founded and fundamentally defined by racists.

    The Anchorage Public Library system, which includes five locations across the Municipality of Anchorage, holds an annual “Anchorage Reads” program that claims to promote “reading, literacy and community building by inspiring people of different ages and backgrounds to talk about the same book.”

    According to the Anchorage Public Library website, the book for 2021 is “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist ideas in America,” by Ibram X. Kendi. The book will be used for a six-month community-wide reading and discussion program on systemic racism in education, law enforcement, housing, lending, health care and more. For younger readers, there is a youth-oriented version of the book.

    Kendi has come under criticism for his belief that all disparities between blacks and whites are attributable to racist policies and what he believes is America’s fundamentally racist founding. According to Kendi, a person is a racist if they fail to acknowledge that all inequalities are due to racist policies.

    But he goes even further, seeing racism in nearly every corner of life, including the subconscious mind.

    library staff actively promote views that are ‘unorthodox, unpopular, or considered dangerous by the majority.’

    Last fall, he ridiculed President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, because her family has adopted two children from Haiti. Hailed as a woke prophet of “antiracism,” Kendi posted a scathing Tweet against the Barretts.

    “Some White colonizers ‘adopted’ Black children,” Kendi asserted. They ‘civilized’ these ‘savage’ children in the ‘superior’ ways of White people, while using them as props in their lifelong pictures of denial, while cutting the biological parents of these children out of the picture of humanity.”

    A recently adopted library policy change states that it is important to downplay America’s Christian roots and traditional family values in its reading selections. It states, “The Library recognizes the role of hundreds of years of assumption that white, cisgender, hetero-normative, Christo-centric points of view are the dominant worldview and how that has shaped the collection. Library staff actively work to diversify that point of view in the collection.”

    Under the banner of “diversity” library policy notes that staff are now actively working to promote views that are “unorthodox, unpopular, or considered dangerous by the majority.”

    In addition to pushing Kendi’s race theory ideas, the Anchorage Library is also working to diversify its romance collection to include more LGBTQ romance books, including recommendations like gay romance novels, “Boyfriend Material” and “Mr. and Mr. Smith.”

    Like public libraries across the nation, the Anchorage Public Library has moved increasingly to push controversial books and add programming such as Drag Queen Story Hour for children. The Anchorage libraries are now actively stocking up on and promoting LGBTQ literature to teens and children.

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    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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    25 Comments

    1. Library’s are publicly funded. The staffs should keep political ideas to themselves . If they do not like what books are in the library then quit.

    2. More ethnic Gnosticism being pushed by the true racists. It is a cult agenda and should not be publicly funded! How do we fight this?

    3. This should be voted on by citizens of Alaska! Not Out of Staters! More lower 48BS propaganda brainwashing crap directed at our kids!……trying to infringe on the Last Frontier! Call your Senators!

    4. Hey Anchorage Library, instead of more division and hatred in our country, how about hosting events on loving thy neighbor and healing our tattered country? Stop this cycle of hate.

      • Don’t you see that trying to push away the teachings of the systematic oppression in America is the reason that we’ll never get rid of the hate? You’re apart of the problem Dee.

      • Steven. This country isn’t yours, and it isn’t even mine. Because it belonged to the Native Americans, and then white people came along wanted the land, then because they wouldn’t be able to have all of the land, they killed, raped, and spread disease across the First Nations killing them off. You want to talk about how the country isn’t racist and yet it was literally founded off of killing the people of colour who lived here before because they lived differently and they must have been “savages.”

        • Racist much! I had nothing to do with that! And now I pay for free education,free health care, and other numerous free services. All because of something that happened Hundreds of years ago?

    5. Thank GOD I do not have children this day in age. This is abhorrent to say the least. This is so complete embarrassing, I welcome the push back.

    6. I don’t think the words, “public library” or “municipal library” should be used in reference to the Anchorage libraries. They don’t represent the majority of people anymore. For years I have been so proud that here in Alaska we do things our own way and resist the trends from Outside. Not any more. We have some bad apples here.

    7. I’m astounded that trying to promote anti-racism, and spread awareness about the major systematic oppression in America today is somehow racist now? Because you don’t like being called out on your own behavior, y’all should get off your high horses and realize that this is about bettering our country for people of colour like me, and the LGBTQ. What’s despicable is your lack of community and want to treat each other as equals.

    8. People need to get over the native american crap. All throughout history there have been conquered and losers. That’s the way it works. Stop whining about oh boo hoo the white man killed a bunch of natives. Of course they did. And the natives killed and raped a bunch of ours to. GET OVER IT. Humans have been competing for resources since the beginning of time. We made it work and now we have a bunch of social justice idiots who really don’t contribute to anything screaming AMERICA IS racist! Well go to China or iran and see how you do. I bet you would beg america to save you then. God you people make me sick!

      • And, according to a friend of mine who has worked extensively with native communities throughout the state, they are VERY racist. Although, I do have to say, I have never experienced that, but do live in Anchorage.

    9. Nevaeh,, your always welcome to move to somolia where they cut your head off with a machete for being a part of the wrong tribe. Oh and they will hack your children up right in front of you. Stop talking like you are oppressed. You are not. You are able to wake up everyday and go do what you want without fear of being randomly hacked up. You need to realize that america is the most fair and free country in the world. You’re spoiled and bored and you are a leech on society. That is your problem. You are a loser who wants attention. That is all. Go join the military and getvout of your apartment go see how nasty the rest of the world is and then come back and tell us how racist we are. You are lucky to live here. So shut your trap!

    10. I just called the main library and received a messages that it are open for pick-up and drop-off but, “remains closed for browsing and other activities”. Hmm….so we can’t go into the library but these radical people can?
      This is all getting ridiculous

    11. Michael Hughes. I lived and worked in Alaska for 17 years and I used to hear native guys trash talking the white guys but when it came to getting any work done they were the laziest people i had ever worked with. They would work 2 weeks get a check and disappear in the middle of a project for 3 weeks on a drinking binge and they were also getting coorperation dividends so they didnt care. But the white man is racist. Well where do you think that NATIVE CORPS dividend comes from. Thats right NORTHERN VIRGINIA. The white mans tax allocation. You’re welcome butthole. Ya they hate us but they will still take the white mans money without complaint!

    12. Joel, have you in fact read Kendi’s “Stamped From the Beginning?” The author is a well respected historian, the book is exceptionally well researched, complete with extensive notes and references for readers who wish to dig into the subject further. “Stamped From the Beginning” won the National Book Award for 2016. This is not a book to be ignored or set aside lightly, certainly not by anyone who has not read it. Again, Joel, have you read it? How many of your commenters have even seen the book? Some of the remarks posted here eloquently make the case for WHY Kendi’s book should be read and discussed by Alaskans. I love the Anchorage Library and fully support their choice of “Stamped From the Beginning” for the 2021 Alaska Reads program.

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