How to avoid being called racist by a library staff member at a Nashville, Tenn., library
— When it comes to the internet, racism can come in many forms, from hateful comments to even threats.
So what does a library in rural Tennessee, where blacks are over-represented and whites are under-represented, have in common with the Internet?
There is no one answer, said Sarah Clements, a library spokeswoman.
She added that racism doesn’t always exist online.
Clements also said the Nashville branch of the Drexel University Library has a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes, specifically, to racist comments, threats and harassment.
She said the library is in contact with Drexels management and is “working with them” to develop a response plan.
She also said she would be “happy to share with you what I know.”
A statement by Drexes library in Nashville says it “does not tolerate racist behavior, harassment or discrimination of any kind.”
According to a report on the D.C. Anti-Defamation League website, there are at least four instances in Nashville of white people being called names, while blacks are “often called names.”
One man was told that a black man had stolen his wallet and called him a nigger.
Another was told he was “going to jail” because he is black and that his family has been “murdered.”
The NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center have documented similar incidents of racism and hatred online.
The Anti-Racism Project said there are currently more than 10,000 online accounts that promote and support hate groups, according to data from Alexa.
The Drexeled library is one of them.
The city of Nashville and the Tennessee chapter of the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, and the NAACP Nashville chapter have said they are investigating the incident.
The library is also seeking an apology from the person who made the racist comments.
The police department in Nashville said the person is no longer employed.
Cores said the department has been in contact about the matter and is in the process of making an internal review.
She declined to identify the person because of the sensitivity of the matter.
Cines also said it was not clear what the comments and harassment were about, but that the person could have been someone with a past history of racism.
“We know what’s going on,” she said.
The person who had made the comments has since been removed from the website, Cores added.
“What happened with the incident at the library and the other incidents is really troubling.
This kind of behavior is not going to be tolerated.
We’re going to do everything we can to make sure we’re not seeing these kinds of things happening again.”
The statement from the Daxell University Library says that the library will be taking a “proactive and thoughtful approach to improving the way we address these issues and will continue to engage with the community.”
Clements said that the university will also be working with the city of Davidson to address issues of race.
She wouldn’t say how many staff members are on the team, but said she could not say how long it will take.
“It’s definitely something that we’re investigating,” she added.
The Nashville branch said it has been contacted by the police department.
It is also investigating the incidents and will be working closely with the Davidson police department to determine if anything has been done to address the issues.
The Tennessee NAACP and other civil rights organizations have been calling for a swift, thorough investigation into the matter, including an independent investigation into whether there are any other instances of racism in the city.
The American Civil Rights Union of Nashville said its Nashville branch received a complaint about a racist Facebook post made by the person responsible.
The post has since gone viral and sparked more than 2,300 comments.
On Sunday, Davidson Police Chief Steve Graziano posted a statement on Facebook saying that he was aware of the incident and that the police would be taking it seriously.
The department is “monitoring and reviewing the situation and will respond to any questions as it becomes available,” Grazier wrote.
The statement also said that all staff are trained on the importance of respecting and promoting diversity.
Grazian said that he would be meeting with the chief of staff to determine whether the incident has been handled in a timely manner.