I am deeply disturbed about the recent events of the death of George Floyd by a police officer and the ensuing riots in Minneapolis and around the country. I have remained silent too long for fear of saying the wrong thing. Today I want to share information on white privilege by Peggy McIntosh; and racial trauma by Resmaa Menakem.
I hadn’t really known about or understood white privilege until after the death of Philando Castile by a police officer during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016.
[White Privilege is] the unquestioned and unearned set of advantages, entitlements, benefits, and choices bestowed upon people solely because they are white. Generally, white people who experience such privilege do so without being conscious of it.
—Peggy McIntosh, quoted in the Racial Equity Resource Guide
Here is a link to the work of Peggy McIntosh and her article white privilege, unpacking the invisible knapsack.
I have wanted to share this article about the St. Paul firefighter on disability with PTSD; especially now in light of the recent events this last week. To me, this fireman’s story is heartbreaking because he doesn’t need to suffer in this way. There are scientific discoveries and breakthroughs in trauma therapies that still have not made it into clinical practice and understanding. Your doctor, psychiatrist, therapist, social worker, case manager, do not know about these more effective therapies and scientific discoveries.
As an employer or team leader, you know the importance of the resiliency of your workforce. A key factor in maintaining resiliency can be found in maintaining flexibility in your autonomic nervous system response. There are little known about breakthrough trauma therapies that can facilitate flexibility in your autonomic nervous system response.
Stephan Porges, Ph.D., describes that when you can’t fight and you can’t flee, that...