June 6, 2020
Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers
Statement from the Executive Committee
The Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) denounces all instances of racism, police brutality, and extrajudicial murders of Black people in the United States.
The past few weeks have been another reminder of what have been centuries old instances of brutality and murder of Black people and injustices committed in Black communities. Witnessing the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others bring continued pain, trauma, sadness, and exhaustion as well as the need for White people to confront systemic injustice that reverberates across communities and institutions. Racism continues to be a scourge across the nation. Organizational statements, like this one, are a small part of the need for greater accountability and commitment to issues of justice. Historically, ALER as an organization has remained silent about issues that have marginalized and oppressed the Black community as well as the vast contributions of Black scholars within and outside of our organization. The current leadership believes that to remain silent about social injustice and inequity is no longer acceptable; therefore, it is important that as an organization ALER takes a stance.
The mission of ALER is to improve and advance literacy learning. Our organization values the power of literacy as a tool for liberation. We are indebted to the work done by Black scholars in ALER and beyond who fight for justice through literacy education. Reading to learn more about systemic oppression and racial injustices is one critical element of dismantling white supremacy. To that end, ALER is dedicated to redoubling our efforts in the quest for racial justice in and out of schools and the communities in which they exist. ALER is committed to supporting scholarship and teaching that focuses on racial justice through financial support, organizational structure, and mentorship.
There is much work ahead for us as an organization, both as individuals and as a collective body of literacy researchers and educators. And we stand devoted to engage in the work to promote justice and equity in literacy education, for all people.