It’s with a heavy heart that I write this blog post in response to yet another senseless act of racism and police brutality. As a white individual, I recognize that I was born into a life of privilege. I realize that because of the colour of my skin, I have never had to worry about a police officer doing anything other than protect me. It is 2020, yet we still continue to see innocent members of the black community be racially profiled, discriminated against, and murdered. As a mental health organization, the Paul Hansell Foundation strives to promote positivity and uplifting messages. Yet, we recognize that right now, an inspiring quote is not going to take away the pain and suffering that is felt among the population.
Right now, we want to use our platform to spread awareness and inform our community on how we can all help to fight this injustice that has existed for far too long. We recognize it can be uncomfortable and intimidating to have these conversations, which is why we want to encourage each and every one of you to do your research to become better educated on this social issue. If you are unsure of what you can do right now, continue reading:
Petitions You Can Sign:
If You Are Willing and Able to Donate:
George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
NAACP Legal Defense Fund: https://bit.ly/3eGBEpM
The Bail Project: https://bailproject.org/
Books to Provide Further Education & Awareness:
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
Me and White Supremacy – Layla F Saad
White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo
Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
The Color of Law – Richard Rothstein
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. – Desmond Tutu
This issue affects each and everyone one of us. Please do not feel ashamed to reach out for support if you feel that you need it.
Contact your local Distress Centre for 24/7 support:
North Halton: 905-877-1211
If you are in immediate crisis please call 911 or contact Crisis Services Canada at 1.833.456.4566 (available 24/7/365) or send a text to 45645 (available 4pm – Midnight ET).