Black Lives Matter

On Friday May 29th our nation was rocked by the reprehensible killing of George Floyd following those of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others in America’s Black communities. We grieve with the families of these victims.

We at the Somatic Therapy Center stand in solidarity with the protestors and with the Black Lives Matter movement. It is time for U. S. to wake up and face the reality of social injustice, systemic racism, and white supremacy that has plagued our country since its inception.

The Somatic Therapy Center has been committed to diversity and inclusion, but we now understand that we must also be committed to becoming an anti-racist organization. We are committed to educating ourselves and putting in protocols to ensure that anti-racism is at our core. While it will take time to fully understand what those protocols should be, we will do the necessary work to make our organization not only inclusive but anti-racist. Understanding how racism operates at both the personal and institutional level will help us develop effective action to address and eliminate it. As people who want to create change in the world, we must begin with change within ourselves first. We must be willing to dig out the deep roots which have upheld racism.

White supremacy is maintained and preserved by all of us who hold white privilege. We are being challenged to awake to the fact that white privilege has protected white Americans from having to understand what it means to navigate the world as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Individually and collectively, it is time for us to lean into discomfort, acknowledge our participation in systemic racism and white supremacy, understand that our silence allows for violence, and commit to change.

We understand that we can never know what it is like to be BIPOC in America, however, we are committed to being anti-racist allies. It will take discomfort ,courage, truth, and love, to learn how white America can become healing allies for BIPOC. We are in a moment that offers the potential for healing and for transformation at the deepest level. It can be the beginning of a new road. We will only be able to move forward if we are united together, and we must keep each other safe.

Please be in touch if you need support.

Here are resources and required reads for understanding systemic racism and white supremacy in America.
You can sign up for anti-racism daily letter.
Do the work of anti-racism reading list- Layla Saad
Anti-racism resources