Overholt on “The Professional is the Political”

Ruby Dee meeting President Obama in front of the Norman Rockwell painting commemorating her.

Organizations like the American Library Association find themselves on the horns of a dilemma right now. Their membership is overwhelmingly anti-Trump and opposed to his policies, but their non-profit status makes it dangerous for them to adopt positions explicitly in opposition to any particular officeholder. They’ve been used to believing that administrations might be more or less sympathetic, but you can always make a case for how your values align with their values, and the profession will ultimately benefit.

“Spoiler alert: your values do not align with Trump’s values in any way. The Trump administration is founded on contempt for everything libraries represent, and no amount of attempted appeasement will make a dent..”

– John Overholt



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