We have been saddened and outraged in the past weeks as the brutal deaths of Black Americans like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, along with so many others, by police has signaled, yet again, to the need for systemic change. These instances have opened a greater public awareness that Black people are being targeted because of their skin color, and have been for too long. These tragic deaths have created a societal tipping point as we begin to have our collective eyes opened to the systemic oppression and silence that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Americans have faced for centuries at the hands of White Americans. Although it feels overwhelming to make a difference against this system, that is what many of you as trauma therapists signed up to do. To mend divides, to heal trauma, to raise awareness, and advocate for those who need it most.
Right now, the Black community needs us to listen and to act. We have collected some resources that may be helpful on this journey of learning, UNlearning, and growing. We want to become better listeners and active advocates as we empower each other to dismantle systems of racism and oppression.
These resource lists were started by members of the EMDRIA Public Practice and Diversity online community. Participation in our online communities is an EMDRIA member benefit. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with additional resources, or add them to the Public Practice and Diversity library.
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