We stand against the ongoing brutality in this country toward Black persons and other people who are not clearly white, rich, male, straight, cis-gender, and well-connected. We stand against institutional racism and it’s tolerance and encouragement of violence toward anyone deemed as other.
We understand the death of George Floyd,
Aaron Bailey, Abner Louima, Abram Smith, Adrian Medearis, Ahmaud Arbery, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Akai Gurley, Albert Joseph Davis, Albert Woodfox , Alberta Spruill , Alexia Christian, Alonzo Smith , Alteria Woods, Alton Sterling , Amadou Diallo, Amanda Milan, Amber Monroe, Anarcha (last name unknown), Andrew Wright, Anthony Anderson, Anthony Ashford, Anthony Hill, Anthony Lamar Smith, Antron McCray, Antronie Scott , Antwon Rose Jr. , Arminta Cobb, Arthur McDuffie, Ashanti Carmon, Ashton O’Hara, Asshams Pharoah Manley, Atatiana Jefferson, Benjamin Chavis, Bennie Lee Tignor, Betsey (last name unknown), Bettie Jones, Billy Ray Davis, Bobby Hutton, Botham Jean, Brendon Glenn, Brian Keith Day, Breonna Taylor, Brooklyn Lindsey , Calin Roquemore, Cariol Horne, Carter Howard, Chanelle Pickett, Charleena Lyles, Charles Bruce, Charles Greenlee, Charles Kinsey, Charles Lang, Charles Weems, Charlie Pollard, Christian Cooper, Christian Taylor, Christopher S. Brown, Christopher Davis, Christopher McCorvey, Christopher Whitfield, Claire Legato, Clarence Norris, Claude Neal, Claude Reese, Clementa Pinckney, Clifford Glover, Connie Tindall, Corey Jones, Cornelius Fredericks, Cynthia Hurd, Dana Martin, Daniel Simmons, Danny Ray Thomas, Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr., Dante Parker, Danye Jones, Darius Robinson, Darrius Stewart, David Joseph, David McAtee, Deborah Danner, Decynthia Clements, DeeNiquia Dodds, Dejuan Hall, Delrawn Small, Demarcus Semer, Demetrius Bryan Hollins, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Derrick Scott, Diamond Bradley, Dominic Hutchinson, Dominique Fells, Dominique Clayton, Donald Ivy, Dontre Hamilton, Douglas Zerby, Dravon Ames, Dreasjon Reed, Dyzhawn Perkins, Edmund Perry, Eleanor Bumpurs, Elijah McClain, Elisha Walker, Emmett Till, Eric Garner, Eric Courtney Harris, Eric Reason, Ernest Green, Ernest Hendon, Ernest Thomas, Ethel Lee Lance, Eugene Williams, Eugene Williams, Ezell Ford, Fannie Lou Hamer, Felix Kumi, Floyd Dent, Frank Smart, Frankie Perkins, Fred Hampton, Fred Simmons, Freddie Blue, Freddie Gray, Freddie Lee Tyson, Frederick Moss, Frederick Taft, George Key, George Mann, George Stinney Jr., Gregory Riley, George Robinson, Harvey E. Clark Jr., Hayes Turner, Haywood Patterson, Henrietta Lacks, Herman Wallace, Herman Shaw, Lesha Harper, India Kager, Isadore Banks, Jacob Blake, Jacqueline Craig, Jaisha Akins, Jamal Williams, Jamar Clark, Jamel Floyd, James Cobb, Sr., James "Bun" McKoy, James Byrd Jr., James Cameron, James Chaney, James Mincey Jr., James Powell, Janet Wilson, Janine Africa, Javier Ambler, Jazzaline Ware, Jemel Roberson, Jerame Reid, Jerry Dwight Brown, Jerry Jacobs, John Crawford III, Johnnie Jermaine Rush, Jonathan Ferrell, Jonathan Sanders, Jordan Davis , Jordan Edwards, Joseph Mann, Joyce Curnell, Julian Edward Roosevelt Lewis, Junior Prosper, Justus Howell, Kaia Rolle, Kalief Browder, Kathryn Johnston, Kayla Moore, Keith Childress Jr., Keith Harrison McLeod, Keith Scott, Kendrec McDade, Kendrick Johnson, Kenne McFadden, Kevin Hicks, Kevin Matthews, Kevin Richardson, Kisha Michael, Kiwi Herring, Korey Wise, Korryn Gaines, La’Vante Biggs, Lamontez Jones, Laquan McDonald, LaTanya Haggerty, Latasha Harlins, Lateisha Green, LaVena Johnson, Lennon Lacy, Leroy Wright, Lionel Morris, Lucy (last name unknown), Malaika Brooks, Malcolm Harsch, Malissa Williams, Manuel Ellis, Marco Loud, Mario Woods, Mark Clark, Marshall H. Dunbar, Marvin "Chili" Patrick, Mary Truxillo, Mary Turner and her unborn child, Matilda Heslip, Matthew Ajibade, Maurice Gordon, MeShon Cooper, Michael Brown, Michael George Smith, Jr., Michael Lee Marshall, Michael Lorenzo Dean, Michael Noel, Michael Sabbie, Michael Stewart, Michelle Cusseaux, Michelle Shirley, Michelle Washington, Miguel Espinal, Miriam Carey, Monika Diamond, Muhlaysia Booker, Mya Hall, Myra Thompson, Nania Cain Jr., Natasha McKenna, Nathaniel Harris Pickett, Nia Wilson, Nina Pop, Nizah Morris, Oluwatoyin Salau, Oscar Grant, Otis “Titi” Gulley, Otis Byrd, Ozie Powell, Pamela Turner, Paterson Brown, Paul O’Neal, Pearlie Golden, Peter Gaines, Philando Castile, Phillip White, Prince C. Jones, Jr., Quintonio LeGrier, Raheim Brown, Ralkina Jones, Ramarley Graham, Ramona Africa, Randolph Evans, Randy Nelson, Raymond Santana, Rayshard Brooks, Recy Taylor, Reginald Epps, Rekia Boyd, Renisha McBride, Riah Milton, Richard Collins III, Richard Perkins, Rita Hester, Robert Fuller, Robert King , Robert Russ, Rodney King, Ronell Foster, Rumain Brisbon, Safiya Satchell, Saheed Vassell, Salecia Johnson, Salvado Ellswood, Sam Doner, Samuel DuBose , Samuel Shepherd, Sandra Bland, Sean Bell, Secoriea Turner, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Sheffield Collins, Shereese Francis, Steven Taylor, Stephon Clark, Sterling Higgins, Steve Lopez, Susie Jackson, Sylville Smith, Taemon Blair, Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Tarika Wilson, Terence Crutcher, Terrance Franklin, Terrill Thomas, Thomas Shipp, Timothy Coggins, Tionda Bradley, Tony McDade, Tony Terrell Robinson Jr., Torrey Robinson, Trayvon Martin, Troy Robinson, Tyre King, Tyree Crawford, Tyrone West, Tyshawn Lee, Tywanza Sanders, Victor Manuel Larosa, Walter Irvin, Walter McMillian, Walter Scott, Wayne Moore, Wendell Celestine, Willa Bruce, William "Joe" Wright, Jr., William Chapman II, Willie Earl Vereen, Willie Jones Jr., Willie Roberson, Willie Tillman, Winfred Rembert, Yusef Salaam, Yvette Smith, Yvonne Smallwood, Zella Ziona,
and many others subject to cold-blooded murders carried out by police in this country.
We understand that police departments in this country are born out of bodies that formed to police the boundaries of race. We understand that this is just one cog in the larger racist institutional machine that has been foundational to our country to the benefit of those deemed worthy by the current dominate discourse on power (white, rich, male, straight, cis-gender, and well-connected).
Our work as therapists positions us to witness close up the effects of systemic racism. We see how societal problems are so often the cause of personal suffering. We know that these systems often rob the people we serve of education, family wealth, access to jobs, dignity, safety, and security. This makes room for problems in people’s lives like “depression” and “anxiety". We stand against the popular discourse/stories in our society and understand they encourage us to understand problems as located in the individual, a personal deficit or failing.
As Narrative Therapists, we believe that therapy is social action. A large piece of narrative practice is investigating the effects of these dominant discourses on a person's life. We hope to shine a light on these dominant stories and give people the agency to choose how they want to be in relation to them.
We believe it is of the highest importance to recognize the power differential inherent in the therapeutic relationship. Therapist are positioned to push discourses and influence meaning-making. We are committed to working to counter the ways therapist voices are traditionally prioritized, by centering the people we are serving as experts in their own lives. We recognize that who we are (white, cis-female, middle class…) comes into our therapeutic conversations. It is our responsibility to recognize and be transparent when our bias comes into our work.