Today, in the midst of other responsibilities, I’ve been struggling to write this post because I felt compelled to continue speaking up. However, I find that a clear pattern is emerging – what I think I’m going to say, and what I try to say, and what I ultimately end up saying, are often quite different.
Instead, I’m going to share the second half of what I did write because I do believe it’s helpful and might serve as guidance for others.
As I dip into the training that I’ve received over the years – in clinical psychology, mindfulness, and horticulture (while accepting that the information I’ve received is inherently biased), I ask myself the following questions drawn from my perspective as a scientist/practitioner:
I have no more to say because at this point it is essential to center Black voices. But small action steps – if you haven’t already done so, I’d recommend buying How to Be an AntiRacist and The Inner Work of Racial Justice, and diversifying your social media feeds immediately by following organizations such as the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, and Showing Up for Racial Justice (a white-led organization that is also doing good work).
That’s a start, for today.