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ANTI-RACISM STATEMENT FROM CLEARWATER CLINIC
Dear Clearwater Clinic Community,
As a team of white-identified clinicians, we recognize that we each have inherited the legacy of toxic conditioning, culturally and personally, of white supremacy. We strive to undo this toxic legacy in order to provide the most radically honest and compassionate service that we can to all of our clients. Following are some of the ways we are doing this work, as individuals and as a team. We offer this information so that our community is aware of where we are, and what we are doing to embody our values of creating a just, safe, and equitable society.
- Engaging in an ongoing examination of the roots of privilege and unconscious oppression of others in our own personal histories, seeking to understand how this impacts our clinical work, and accessing anti-racist clinical consultation and training.
- Learning new means of healing racism and racialized trauma on the somatic level, such as the work of Resmaa Menakem and his book My Grandmother’s Hands.
- Supporting the work of Black Lives Matter and Standing up for Racial Justice (SURJ).
- Participating in local community organizations that create fair and equal access to resources, such as the East Oakland Collective.
- Learning about larger systems of institutionalized racism, such as our prison system and justice system, so that we can use our power as educated citizens in a democracy to bring about changes in laws and policy at all levels of government.
- Speaking up and making ourselves heard when witnessing racist acts and acts of brutality and violence against people of color and the most vulnerable of those in our community.
We welcome any questions or comments you may have about how we are doing in our commitment to anti-racism at Clearwater. For additional information about combatting racism, please see our list of resources.
The Clearwater DBT Team