Black Lives Matter
- kindness, happiness, and empathy can change the world;
- that these nouns represent hard work, not easy choices, and that choices are often constrained by factors like race, ethnicity, gender, income, and sexuality;
- that people who are white, like me, have an extra responsibility to make America, and the world, less racist.
While, like many white Americans, I live in a bubble of privilege and cannot truly understand the lives of Black Americans, I am committed to making Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation an anti-racist organization.
- By balancing both accuracy and inclusion in my marketing materials, and avoiding appropriation of images of Black people.
- By being committed to helping communities in which I’m active to deepen their understanding of racism and to choose inclusive practices.
- By noticing racial dynamics in client interactions and recommending clients work with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion experts (primarily those who are, themselves, Black or otherwise non-white) when appropriate.
- By talking openly about race whenever I have the opportunity to do so, because white people’s silence about race only perpetuates the systems that oppress Black people.
- By openly and graciously accepting being called out whenever my actions are racist. No, seriously - if you see me do something racist, please tell me.