Classification Along the Color Line: Excavating Racism in the Stacks

  title={Classification Along the Color Line: Excavating Racism in the Stacks},
  author={Melissa A. Adler},
This paper contends that systemic violence is fundamentally a classification problem. The interrogation of the production of racialized library subjects in relation to one another and in relation to political and social conditions may shed light on the intensely complex problems of racism in the United States today. I discuss the ways that sections of library classifications were constructed based on ideas about African Americans in relation to American social and political agendas. My claim is… Expand

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