Challenging What Is: Racism

With the recent killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Louisville and the countless others, we have seen an incredible demonstration across the country and world demanding action. I cannot even describe how thrilled I am that members of the white community are educating themselves on how we can do better. Yes, I am thrilled to see this action, but yes, I am worried that it will lose steam as time progresses on and as our collective energy moves elsewhere. But it cannot, we have to continue to do the work to make this world an equitable and fair community for all. Not just those who look like “us,” pray like “us,” or act like “us.” But for all.

My pledge to my clients and community that as a therapist, I will continue to educate myself. I will not place the burden on People of Color to educate me, but I will do that work. And I will listen to Persons of Color when they share their truth with me. I will continue to check myself for biases, questioning “where does that belief come from?” and then do the work to undo the unfairness and inaccuracy of it. I will also challenge my clients to check biases. I will bring up the uncomfortable topics and allow them to process these complex emotions and feelings. I will work to be a safe place for People of Color. I will donate to causes that promote equality and I will advocate for social justice issues.

My pledge to my community to continue to educate myself begins with these resources below. Some I have already read, some I plan to in the very near future. I hope you will join me.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

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