Replace .N3-5 cutter for Negro

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The problem: LCC is peppered with a demographic topical cutter .N3-.N5 for Negro, which is not great…to say the least.

Our first task is to figure out what the better replacement is: .B5 for Black or .A4 for African descent? We need to reach out to the BCALA and the African American SACO Funnel for thoughts and feedback.

This will be a difficult proposal. LC has a policy of not changing LC classes, and they argue it will be too laborious to change all the classmarks. I argue that this change is worth the labor for the humanity and dignity of our users who see themselves represented in our collections and catalogs through our classification schemes.

See this excellent blog post for more info.


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