Looking back at my last blog post, I can’t believe it was written in late March. So much has happened to me personally and globally that prevented me from writing here more frequently. But I am back — although frankly, it is extremely difficult to write about mental health in times like these, even though mental health is of paramount importance.
Frankly, I’m feeling like this:
It’s a bit absurd to keep going as if everything is fine, because everything is not fine.
Since Memorial Day, after George Floyd was extrajudicially murdered over an alleged counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the U.S. has seen national unrest as we grapple with our bloody, racist history. And I’m sure the COVID-19 pandemic, with its resulting historic unemployment and economic impact, played a catalyzing role in mobilizing Americans, who inspired people across the world to look at their country’s colonial histories.
So, you know, it’s a lot.
And the protests have centered around police brutality of Black people, which has, in turn, propagated more police brutality. People are getting maimed by rubber bullets, and the use of tear gas (which can’t be used in international warfare according to Geneva Convention) during a pandemic of a disease spread through our respiratory systems — it’s especially cruel. I personally cannot watch all the videos of people being harmed by police because it’s traumatizing to watch.
Children especially have been experiencing distress, from distance learning and not being able to see their friends and teachers. For most students, school is over, but now there’s been protests with violence instigated by police. Explaining that to children can be challenging, on top of a pandemic.
So how do we cope with all the loss of life and brutality of the protests, heal, and grow from all the things we’re learning? I wanted to offer some resources.
Life as we knew it has permanently changed, because of COVID and because of the international protests. Statues have been toppled. Laws and policies have changed. But it’s still a traumatic process, a process that we’ll be in for years to come. So we have to bask in self-care while we educate ourselves of how to be better anti-racists.
I hope you find and become allies and accomplices in the important work of dismantling white supremacy. It’s a long time coming, but the time is now.
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