Responding to Racism
We hear you. The Pepperdine Counseling Center acknowledges our collective experience of grief, anger, disappointment, and emotional exhaustion as we mourn the death of George Floyd, who was murdered in the streets of Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, by those who took an oath to serve and protect. We recognize the pain, sorrow, and fear the African-American and Black communities have been experiencing, and we are all experiencing now.
We see you. To our black brothers and sisters, students, faculty, and staff, YOUR LIVES MATTER! We recognize the particular impact these acts of violence have on the mental health of the Black and African-American communities. We express compassion to all who have been impacted by the chronic and complex trauma of race-based violence, which reflects a longstanding history of systemic injustice.
We are in this together. We pledge to stand with you, arm in arm, in this fight against hatred and racial discrimination. We will work with you to fight for authentic love, respect, equity, and justice. We, at the Pepperdine Counseling Center, commit to meeting the needs of our community as we name these injustices, process our pain, and work together toward healing and unity. We would like to invite you to share your thoughts on what you need so that you can support you in the most helpful way possible. Please follow us on Instagram and participate in our upcoming survey to let us know how we can best serve you.
Black & African-American Specific Mental Health Resources
NAMI: African American Mental Health - Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI or Crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741
The Steve Fund - Text STEVE to 741741 to access a culturally trained Crisis Text Line counselor.
White Accountability Group - "Rachael Forester and Kathy Obear host a virtual series for white people to come together in a community space of accountability to process these recent incidents of racist violence and to identify how we, individually and collectively, uphold and perpetuate similar racist dynamics in our own organizations and communities. It is urgent we do our own work so we show up as more effective co-conspirators and change agents for racial justice."
12 Years a Slave
The Hate U Give
When They See Us
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
White Rage by Carol Anderson
1619 by Nikole-Hannah Jones
About Race by Rendi-Eddo Lodge
Code Switch by Shereen Marisol Meraji
Homecoming by Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis