Emily Drabinski is the self-proclaimed “Marxist lesbian” elected to lead the American Library Association (ALA). She became president in July amid a torrent of controversy that saw one state withdraw entirely from the organization.
But Drabinski, in typical leftist fashion, blamed her critics for her gross misjudgement and doubled down on her Marxist philosophy.
In an April 2022 social media post, she declared, “I just cannot believe that a Marxist lesbian who believes that collective power is possible to build and can be wielded for a better world is the president-elect of @ALALibrary.”
For emphasis Drabinski added, “Solidarity!”
Even after the Montana State Library Commission voted overwhelmingly to leave the association, the new ALA president stood by her views. Drabinski told NBC News in a feature published on Monday that the backlash was “regrettable.”
The Montana association sent a scathing letter to the ALA declaring, “Our oath of office and resulting duty to the Constitution forbids association with an organization led by a Marxist.”
Emily Drabinski, pres of American Library Association, doubles down on Marxist lesbian tweet.
ALA rec'd $240 Mil in fed funding 2023
MT withdraws and other states' leges addressing.
Library President doubles down on claim she's a 'Marxist lesbian' https://t.co/LnsrlAU83z
— Cara TXZEAL (@Cara_TXZEAL) August 7, 2023
Association superintendent of public instruction Elsie Arntzen expressed satisfaction with the 5-1 vote to walk away from the ALA. She declared Marxism “directly opposed our Montana values.”
Arntzen noted her belief that the national organization “turned its back on America itself.”
In a statement, the superintendent further acknowledged Drabinski’s support of Critical Race Theory. She said her state rejected it as discriminatory along with other “ideologies that have no place in our schools and libraries.”
Defending her controversial post, Drabinski recalled that she “was excited to highlight and celebrate two aspects of my identity that are really important to me, and are often under a lot of scrutiny.”
The “celebration” she anticipated was apparently over being a Marxist and a lesbian. It never came.
Drabinski told NBC News that she did not foresee being the focal point of “targeted attacks.” She claimed that her social media post was wielded “as a bludgeon against library workers across the country.”
And the movement to sever ties with the national group extends far beyond Montana. There are organized efforts underway in Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, South Carolina and Wyoming to withdraw funding or completely end the relationship with the ALA.