Taking a Stand
I am shattered by the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean and so many, many others at the hands of the police.
As a white woman, I recognize my privilege in being able to witness this horrific injustice and not experience it. I recognize that this brutality is only one aspect of the systemic racism Black people in this country experience.
I am especially aware, as a therapist, that Black people in this country are dealing with extensive trauma. The grief must feel unbearable. You deserve to feel safe, to feel heard and to feel valued.
I am taking a stand and I am committed to being an ally to the Black community.
This work to become anti-racist is work I’ve begun. For me, the journey started some years ago with the recognition of my white privilege and the safety, affirmation and opportunities it has provided me. But there is so much more to be done. For me, the next steps are:
- Reading White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.
- Watching and sharing the link for this. All ad revenue goes to Black Lives Matter.
- Researching and spending money at Black owned businesses.
- Donating money and time to help Black people access therapy.
- Getting out of my comfort zone when an opportunity to ally appears.
I welcome feedback and suggestions. I would also encourage all of us to acknowledge the deep trauma our Black community is experiencing and to offer kindness, gentleness, advocacy and support.