support racial justice
The lives, safety, and mental and physical wellbeing of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) matter, and we share responsibility for supporting BIPOC members of the community, including those we serve professionally, as well as our own BIPOC colleagues and trainees. We recognize that institutions of which we are a part have played roles in creating and maintaining systems of oppression and violence directed against BIPOC individuals. Individually and collectively, we must engage in the anti-racist, antiviolent, BIPOC-affirming work that can and must change lives and institutions. In all of this work, we must center BIPOC voices.
At the same time, those of us who are White should be mindful of adding to the already-heavy workload, including the emotional workload, being carried by BIPOC individuals. We offer this non-exhaustive list of ideas as to how BIPOC individuals can find support and how White allies and accomplices can do their own work to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression:
Resources for BIPOC community members who are experiencing traumatic reactions to recent, highly publicized events of racial violence in the context of longstanding, systemic oppression
- Racism Recovery Plan (doc)
A Denver-area organization serving queer youth of color and their families.
An organization whose mission is to co-facilitate trauma-focused healing for Native children, families, and communities. This work requires understanding, respect, and honoring of tribal sovereignty, specific community needs, and the use of traditional healing practices.
DU’s Butler Institute for Families Center’s Tribal Information Exchange website has trauma-related resources, many focused on addressing historical and contemporary trauma and secondary traumatic stress in the Native workforce.
A resource for identifying Black therapists in your area.
- Mental Health Resources Specific to Black Individuals
This is a resource list compiled by Trace-Fleming-Trice, administrator of Self-Care for Advocates.
- 14 Organizations and People Working to Support BIPOC Mental Health During the Coronavirus Crisis
This list was compiled by Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez to identify nonprofits, online communities, and therapists that center BIPOC.
- Building an Anti-Racist Action Plan
- Moving from Cultural Competence to Anti-Racism
- Resources to Address Racism and Racial Violence (National Council on Family Relations)
- For Our White Friends Desiring To Be Allies
- “Ally” is a verb: White Privilege & Fragility Resource List
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life
- Anti-racism resources (Google doc)
- 26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets
- 5 Things White People Can Do Right Now to Combat White and State-Sanctioned Violence
- After Arbery shooting, black parents are rethinking ‘the talk’ with sons to explain white vigilantes
- Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma
- Why Teaching Black Lives Matter Matters Part I
- Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay – Chances Are They’re Not
- A Conversation on Race Equity in America With Dr. Apryl Alexander
- Anti-Racist books for kids
- How to Be an Antiracist
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (see also this article, Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow”)
If you are considering purchasing books or other materials, please consider supporting local Black-owned bookstores; here is one such list, and there are many others. Indiebound provides links to local independent bookstores based on geographic location (however, they do not identify Black-owned businesses specifically).
Resources for Clinicians
- Whiteness Matters: Exploring White Privilege, Color Blindness and Racism in Psychotherapy (psychotherapy.net)
- Discussing Community Trauma in Response to Killings and Mistreatment of Black and Brown Americans (pdf)
- Consultations for clinicians who are working with Native populations (rural and urban) who have experienced trauma are available by contacting Dr. Nancy Lucero.
- Thank you to Dr. Henrietta Pazos for providing the following from the National Latinx Psychological Association: “A Toolkit for non-Black Latinxs who Choose to Address their anti-Blackness” was created by several of our members including Hector Adames, Maryam Jernigan, Nayeli Chavez, and Delida Sanchez who are working on an upcoming special issue on AfroLatinxs in the Journal of Latinx Psychology.
Special thanks to Dr. Apryl Alexander, Dr. Lavita Nadkarni, Dr. Lynett Henderson Metzger, and Dr. Jill Holm-Denoma for compiling the information on this webpage