Black Lives Matter in America Creates Anxiety-Part 2

Introduction to anxiety simplified

Would you want to trade places with a black person today?

In this episode Joanne Williams, LCSW interview continues on Racism in America with a Black Therapist friend, coworker Jemal Knowles, CMHC, who has experience with the Black Life Matters and the protests and even arrested. 

  • The Dalai Lama pointed out on his 85th birthday that he thinks that what is happening in America as having very narrow thinking. 
  • Being a black therapist with accountability of his actions while little accountability on Police to protect is faltering and this experiences on Black Lives Matter Protest.
  • Conversation around racial issues and solutions that we can move past where we are now and to heal the inequities that have continued without repair In America.
  • Solutions for anxiety that has been created by the multiple layers of current issues impacted deeper, if you are a person of color, poor, or in a state that has all of these layers compounded by a health pandemic.
  • 2 books Jemal recommends are: White Fragility by Robin Di Angleo- She asks- Why it is so hard for white people to talk about Racism White Privilege And Tears We cannot Stop -Michael Eric Dyson- What Truth sounds like. 
  • From this book Jemal gleaned the question you might want to ask other white friends: Would you want to trade places with a black person today?
  • A bill passed the House of Representatives, the Heroes bill, was sent to the Senate with accountability on Police for their actions and stripping away immunity laws and the mostly white males in the Senate just made feeble recommendations to Police to not choke people with no accountability in it. There it sits and goes nowhere, more of the same for 200 years or state sanctioned kills of black people.
  • How do we move forward with having these tough conversations? One solution I believe is critical is to be FOR something, for equality, for truth, instead of AGAINST racism.  That way you can focus our intention to draw this to us, now when we express what we really want. 
  • True economic equality, equity that is shared in America.  True Respect for human right and that Black Lives do Matter to face racism in America.

Next podcast episode: Resources for Food Insecurity in America.

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This is Joanne Williams, LCSW Anxiety Simplified Podcast Part 2 narrative of the 6-20 interview on Being Black in America. An interview with Jemal Knowles a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, who I have the pleasure to work with in our agency Next Generation Psychology as we do Emotional Support Animal evaluations for the last 3 years. 

He has had some experience with the Black Life Matters and the protests and even arrested. 

I really wanted to interview him and get his opinion and his experiences on being black in American and being a black therapist and the perspective, he brings to the table just as his perspective, no one else’s.  Not speaking for any community.  

And us, as a white woman and a black man have a conversation around racial issues and solutions that we can move past where we are now and to heal the inequities that have continued without repair In America.

With the focus of this podcast to be around solutions for anxiety that has been created by the multiple layers of current issues we are all dealing with, but impacted deeper, if you are a person of color, poor, or in a state that has all of the these layers compounded by a health pandemic.

2 books Jemal recommends are: White Fragility by Robin Di Angleo- She asks- Why it is so hard for white people to talk about Racism.    From this book Jemal gleaned the question you might want to ask other white friends: Would you want to trade places with a black person today? 

And another Book- Tears We cannot Stop -Michael Eric Dyson- What Truth sounds like-These Powerful titles. 

We started off the conversation with a quote from the Dalia Lama at his 85th birthday; The Dalai Lama pointed out this month on his 85th birthday that he thinks that what is happening in America as having very narrow thinking. 

I think it is about loving and respecting all people and having self-love, but that may not be enough to change the wave of holding on to White Privilege and ignoring accountability by white police with them having immunity.  Jemal felt he didn’t fee he could trust the laws to protect him.  They have been used against the black race for years and years. I did express hope that a bill that just passed the House of Representatives, the Heroes bill, was sent to the Senate with accountability on Police for their actions and stripping away immunity laws and the mostly white males in the Senate just made feeble recommendations to Police to not choke people with no accountability in it. There it sits and goes nowhere, more of the same for 200 years or state sanctioned kills of black people.

How do we move forward with having these tough conversations?

One solution I believe is critical is to be FOR something, for equality, for truth, instead of AGAINST racism.  That way you can focus our intention to draw this to us, now when we express what we really want. 

I want to see true equality, equity that is shared in America.  True Respect for each other’s opinions and most of all feeling able to focus on our self-love.  That can build confidence and empowerment that will build us all up.  It is time.

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