Hi friends –
I’m so saddened by the senseless violence in Atlanta this past week, which claimed the lives of eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent.
I believe it is important to acknowledge any form of racism or injustice, particularly when it impacts members of our own community.
We stand in solidarity alongside the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islanders in our Motivo community – our employees, supervisors, supervisees, partners and friends. I commit, personally, to creating safe spaces of inclusion and representation, to examining and acknowledging my own privilege, and to being an accomplice in the fight against systemic racism.
This last year has presented many opportunities to say something about the injustices we see happening around us. Anytime I’ve included a statement like this here, or on my own social media, I always feel nervous. Nervous that I’ll say it wrong, or that my words will come across as virtue signaling, or that perhaps the situation is not mine, as a white woman, to speak about.
I recognize that my desire to “get it right” is really just my own ego rearing its obnoxious head. Far more important is acknowledging the injustice, examining the work that remains in myself around racism and white privilege, and pointing to the voices and organizations that are already doing important work within marginalized communities.
One such organization I came across this past week is the Asian Mental Health Collective. This collective was created by a group of Asian mental health professionals who are working to de-stigmatize mental health within the AAPI population. The organization includes a podcast, closed Facebook group for Asian-identifying therapists, and a national APISAA Therapist directory.
Tragic and senseless events often have a way of raising human consciousness around a certain important issue. As we mourn the deaths of Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng, may we also see this as an opportunity to re-educate ourselves about the particular cultural barriers many Asian people experience around mental health. Among these barriers are: acculturation difficulties, model minority myth, pressure to succeed, poverty and intergenerational trauma – read more here.
To those within our community of Asian descent, please know that we see and acknowledge you. You are valuable and you matter. If there are specific ways we at Motivo can support you – we are here to do just that. Hit reply and tell me how we can help.
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