Statement on Racism

  The tragedy of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police is another reminder of the racism, police brutality, discrimination, and injustice that the black community faces in America. We recognize that another pandemic, coronavirus, has also affected the black community at a disproportionately higher rate.

  The Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment and Innovation (DCBI) condemns racism, discrimination, and injustices, and we stand in solidarity with the black community and other minority communities that are being affected.

  In our opposition of racism, discrimination, and social, economic, and health injustices of the black community and other minority communities, we urge our members to educate themselves and involve themselves in actions to breakdown the structures of racism and injustices in America. Below are some action plans that we, at DCBI will be engaging in, and resources to educate ourselves and others about racism.

  • Start conversations with your family, friends, and social circles about racial justice/racism (and do not ask People of Color (POC) to always start, moderate, or lead these)
  • Donate to vetted social justice organizations, bail funds, and directly to POC
  • Support and promote businesses and contents by African Americans and other POC.
  • Make calls, sign petitions, and circulate the information
  • - https://blacklivesmatter.com/petitions/

  • Show up to rallies
  • - You can be an emergency contact for someone else who is at a protest/help them safety plan
    - You could provide childcare to someone who otherwise cannot attend a protest

  • Volunteer your time and resources
  • Below is a document for providers for talking to their patients about police brutality and systematic racism
  • - (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dXttFQuQpq9Ed9SCZLyQ5Lmug0MVIaYXcisudnA6YfM/edit?usp=sharing)

  • Learn and reflect on your own privilege
  • - Trevor Noah's discussion on the broken social contract
    - Dr. Robin DiAngelo Discusses White Fragility. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ey4jgoxeU
    - Dr. David Williams of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health looks at the social and behavioral factors--including socioeconomic status, race, discrimination, and place--that play a role in triggering toxic stress for children and adults. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCeAzhKobk8

  • More resources on anti-racist self-education
  • - (https://medium.com/wake-up-call/a-detailed-list-of-anti-racism-resources-a34b259a3eea)

  • Recommended books from our group include;
  • - Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis. https://www.alibris.com/booksearch?keyword=are+prisons+obsolete&mtype=B&hs.x=0&hs.y=0
    - Notes of a Native Son, by James Baldwin. https://www.alibris.com/Notes-of-a-Native-Son-James-Baldwin/book/4736686?matches=31
    - The wretched of the earth, by Franz Fannon. https://www.alibris.com/The-wretched-of-the-earth-Frantz-Fanon/book/7319194?matches=60
    - Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison. https://www.alibris.com/Invisible-Man-Ralph-Ellison/book/3339849?matches=571
    - White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo. https://www.alibris.com/White-Fragility-Why-Its-So-Hard-for-White-People-to-Talk-about-Racism-Robin-DiAngelo/book/39894541?matches=3
    - So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo. https://www.sealpress.com/titles/ijeoma-oluo/so-you-want-to-talk-about-race/9781580056779/
    - We encourage you to buy books if you can, especially if you find a copy in a local independent, Black-owned bookstore, https://lithub.com/you-can-order-today-from-these-black-owned-independent-bookstores/ , but we can also share free copies if this would be helpful. Just reach out!
    - Great anti-racism books for children at any age at https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/parenting/kids-books-racism-protest.html