Indianapolis Public Library climate study finds Black employees have faced ‘offensive comments or harassment’ – WFYI – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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The climate study comes, in part, after several former and current employees came forward with allegations of racism against Indianapolis Public Library administration. - (Lindsey Erdody/WFYI)

The climate study comes, in part, after several former and current employees came forward with allegations of racism against Indianapolis Public Library administration.

(Lindsey Erdody/WFYI)

Representatives from Ice Miller unveiled the findings from Indianapolis Public Library’s climate study during a committee meeting Wednesday. Roughly 22 percent of Black library employees reported receiving offensive comments or harassment from their colleagues related to their race in the past year. 

“I have dealt with micro/macro aggressions,” one anonymous comment included in the report reads. “Questioning my credentials or experience. Questioning if I’m an employee when going to the employee entrance with a badge (not seeing Black people as librarians is a real issue). Asking if I had a nickname and inferring that my legal name was too difficult to pronounce.”


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