Systematic racism and police violence have stolen lives of Black Americans from communities across the country.
As clinicians, it is our responsibility to recognize the plight faced by our African American clients and their allies and must fight to correct these injustices. We must invest and stay active in these efforts, especially when they aren’t the focus of the media. The events in recent days, weeks and month have provided another all-too-often reminder of this.
As we work to provide a wide array of services to our African American clients and their allies at the forefront of these issues, I implore you to make a few promises.
First, promise that you will continually uplift and call attention to these injustices. We should not only hear your voice on this issue when it is the focus of the media, but also hear your voice when it is not the focus of the media attention. Promise that you will address and fight for these issues proactively, not reactively.
Promise that you will hold space for African Americans to process their emotions and thoughts as well as empower them.
Promise that you will become familiar with and utilize both multicultural and social justice counseling advocacy interventions.
Lastly, promise that you will promote and collaborate with organizations focused on ending these injustices.
As a fellow clinician, I call on you to hold each other as well as yourself accountable to these promises and our African American clients, their families, and our/their communities.