This past week has been a hard week for many of us as we question what kind of world we live in these days where our Black family members, friends, and neighbors have to live in a country that essentially state sanctions their murders.
As a resource to our community and for ourselves, we want to share a curated list of activists, thought leaders, and resources (organized by topic category) if you, like us, are hungry to learn more and do more to play a part in the undoing of White supremacy and brutal racism that is woven into the fabric of this country.
We invite you to join us on this journey of learning, unlearning, and striving for lifelong change.
Self-Care Support If You’re A Person Of Color:
- 4 Self-Care Tips for People of Color After Charlottesville (from Teen Vogue in 2017 but yes, it’s still relevant).
- Radical Self-Care.
- 5 Self-Care Practices Black People Can Use While Coping With Trauma.
- How racism impacts our mental health: a podcast episode by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford of Therapy for Black Girls.
- Self Care For People of Color After Emotional and Psychological Trauma, a terrific article not only for people of color but for anyone who is an ally and/or who wants a deeper dive into the physiology of trauma and the criticality of engaging in self-care after traumas (be they racial or otherwise) occur.
Strong POC voices to follow and learn/unlearn from now:
Additional multimedia resources if you want to learn about White privilege, White Supremacy, Racism, and what you can do to help:
- The Charleston Syllabus – compiled by Chad Williams, Keisha N. Blain, Melissa Morrone, Ryan P. Randall, Cecily Walker, this is a truly phenomenal and comprehensive list of multimedia resources.
- Addressing Race And Racism With Young Children – A terrific list compiled by Lovery, the children’s toy and education company I fervently love.
- “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D. An article I read in grad school which began my journey into understanding White privilege.
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo: I just downloaded this to Kindle since they’re sold out of hard copies.
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad: Again, sold out of hardcopy but I downloaded the Kindle version.
And friends, please share: what other resources would you add to this list? What other strong and important POC voices and activists would you recommend that we follow?
If you would like additional support navigating the impact of racism on your mental health or if you need or want therapy for any other reason, we’d be honored to support you. Please feel free to reach out to us to set up a complimentary consult call so we can match you with the best therapist for your situation.
We care about you.
Warmly, The Evergreen Counseling Team