Out of respect for the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the many who came before them, I am posting information to help educate on racism and inequality and empower you to help create a new world where we all can be safe, respected, and treated with dignity.
Here are some resources from Esther Perel that we want to share with you:
We’re in a moment that highlights the fault lines in our society.
I ask you to consider the difference between solidarity and reform. To understand that when we say things like “we just want to go back to the way things were,” that we fundamentally exclude those for whom the status quo has always been unjust.
When it comes to addressing the collective trauma that defines the black American experience, there is a systemic unwillingness to recognize the conditions under which our country was founded and to make reparations for these specific historical injustices.
For our continued work as a community, I ask every one of us who benefit from this system to look backwards in discomfort and to have the difficult conversations. To relearn our shared history. And to ask ourselves: What are my blindspots? What specific actions will I take to make this a more just world? Am I willing to engage and to make mistakes?
As a cross-cultural therapist, my renewed commitment is to helping people live their relationships in a society that grants them justice, equality, and dignity. And that means working to make the field of psychotherapy diverse, accessible, and culturally competent. I acknowledge my own white privilege and the responsibility of my platform. Right now I believe it is a time to listen attentively, to accept the discomfort when my own blindspots are revealed to me, and to amplify black voices.
I encourage you to learn from and support these Instagram accounts:
To further educate and act:
- The 1619 Project Magazine
- Undoing Racism Resources from Mary Pender Greene
- A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters a book list by decade compiled by Ibram X. Kendi
- Baratunde’s World Saving Books from Baratunde Thurston
- Countdown to Main Street, a blog by Mindy Fullilove
- The Politics of Empathy and Race from Psychology Today
- Get comfortable with being uncomfortable by Luvvie Ajay
- A debate between James Baldwin and William Buckley
- How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper by Trevor Noah
- We need to talk about an injustice by Bryan Stevenson
- How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time by Baratunde Thurston
- The 1619 Project Podcast
- Revolution Playlist of speeches and lectures compiled by Rachel Cargle
- A Weekend of Pain and Protest from The Daily
- The Mind of the Village from The Hidden Brain