So, if you have been paying attention to the news, it has been a rough couple of weeks in the United States. Last week I posted about responses to Robin Williams’s suicide earlier than usual because I consider myself well-versed enough on the issue of mental illness stigma to discuss it competently. This week’s topic has been more difficult for me: The shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, MO. I don’t care what your thoughts are on the robbery that was probably not committed by him and hadn’t been reported to the police at the time of the shooting, I think that any logical person would agree that shooting an unarmed and defenseless teenager is wrong.
Racially-based police brutality is on the rise in America. It’s important to talk about, but it is challenging to find ways to offer support when you are a part of the group that is perpetrating these crimes (in case I am not being clear – white people).
There have been a lot of posts lately in response to the events in Ferguson, and others have already said it much better than I will be able to, so instead of writing a long-winded blog post that will most likely end up focusing on how badly I feel and not on the real issues at hand, I am going to invite anyone reading this to contact me individually so that we can start having these conversations one-on-one. Please leave me a message in the comments if you are interested. We need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, or nothing is going to change.
In the meantime, I highly recommend this article by Janee Woods as a resource. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.