Racial Injustices Affect Health and Healing: My Duty to Promote Anti-Racism
Updated: Jun 6, 2020
I'm not scared to get political; this isn't a political issue in my opinion. And it certainly isn't any more political than our government nutrition guidelines. #nutritionispolitical
Race IS a factor in health.
Emotional health is not my specialty professionally and it’s definitely not my strong suit personally (though it is something I have been working on); but if you have ever worked with me on nutritional therapy, we probably acknowledged how emotional health, trauma (including generational trauma), and stress can affect your physical health. It can manifest as autoimmune conditions, digestive issues, hormone imbalances, and inflammation to name a few. Also, not being murdered is pretty essential to health.
Bottom line: I am a healer*. Injustice makes people sick. Therefore, I have a duty to promote anti-racism.
I’m truly sorry it took me this long to finally figure it out and to speak out. No excuses. I am selfish and flawed, and I'm so sorry for that.
This is me holding myself accountable. I start by acknowledging it. I am going to educate myself on anti-racism and why being color-blind is not enough; I'm going to continue to respect the boundaries the Black community has set and call out those who don't; I'm going to raise my child to be anti-racist and make sure she is exposed to diversity; and I'm going to speak out against the racial injustices in my field and seek out curriculum to better serve Black and POC communities #bioindividuality
Whatever your platform is, you can acknowledge it, too.
I'm going to forgive my ancestors for not speaking up--but now I'm going to break the chain of silence. I'm going to have difficult conversations. I admit it will not be comfortable, but discomfort = growth.
White friends and followers: Imagine being your ancestor and seeing segregation signs. You would feel awkward and you would feel bad and you might even disagree...but would you do anything to change it? Would you speak up? Would you demand change?
Be honest with yourself.
It's scary to challenge authority and demand change. I'm scared. But it's necessary. No one is free until we are all free. Ending oppression and systemic racism is the right thing to do, and it is the future I want for my children and grandchildren.
I truly believe that future generations will look back at how we dismantled oppressive racist systems, and they will look back on these Black Lives Matter protests like we do the Boston Tea Party and our fight for independence.
There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.
* I am not a doctor and do not claim to be a doctor.