Black Lives Matter

โ€œAmerica is not another word for Opportunity to all her sons.โ€โฃ โ€• ๐—ช.๐„.๐. ๐ƒ๐ฎ ๐๐จ๐ข๐ฌ, ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜‰๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฌโฃ

 โ€œA feeling of inferiority? No, a feeling of not existing.โ€ โ€• ๐…๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ณ ๐…๐š๐ง๐จ๐ง, ๐˜‰๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜š๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ด โฃ

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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. โฃ

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.ย Theyโ€™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). โฃ

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

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. โฃโฃโฃItโ€™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 Masterโ€™s student based in Toronto. โ€จAs 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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