Black Lives Matter

“America is not another word for Opportunity to all her sons.”⁣ ― 𝗪.𝐄.𝐁. 𝐃𝐮 𝐁𝐨𝐢𝐬, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘍𝘰𝘭𝘬⁣

 “A feeling of inferiority? No, a feeling of not existing.” ― 𝐅𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐳 𝐅𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐧, 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘚𝘬𝘪𝘯, 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘴 ⁣

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Imagine being a black American that cannot trust a system that claimed it would protect them and promised them equal freedom. ⁣

The ability to imagine and unimagine this instead of being forced to live this reality is a privilege.

These are two seminal works from 1903 and 1952. They provide deeper perspectives on the human psyche through a critical race lens. They’re about blackness, language, culture, colonialism, dehumanization, internalized oppression, and the psychological implications voiced by two influential black authors (they are so much more than just authors). ⁣

This is not a new fight. We are desensitized to the fear, rage, grief, and fatigue being communicated by the black community. ⁣

I am not above this, as I continue to learn about anti-blackness in the South Asian community as well as my own biases and microaggressions. I am here to learn and to use my privilege to act for social justice. ⁣⁣⁣It’s on me to do that work, by listening, reading, researching, changing, and supporting minorities in the justice system.

Published by theartofhina

Clinical & Counselling Psychology Master’s student based in Toronto. 
As a South Asian immigrant, WOC, and future clinician - I am committed to creating positive social change by advocating for mental health initiatives emphasizing cultural competence.

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