How is being silent helping anyone? How can you fight for the oppressed? Wha are some things you can start doing today to make a change?
In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks about becoming an anti-racist Christian Counselor and steps you can start taking today to work towards making a change and fight for the oppressed.
In This Podcast
- I am no expert
- Being anti-racist
- Fighting for the oppressed
- What we can do
Racism is a problem. The death and trauma experienced by the black community is wrong. I believe we know that in our minds, but we must know it in our hearts and live it in our lives. We have ignored this problem for far too long. I know for myself I disengage from painful experiences. We see this with our clients. The gravity of the problems in our nation weighs so heavy that I find myself wanting to stay quiet, ignore the issue, or run away.
This week has opened my eyes. Someone in the Facebook community said God is doing something at this moment. I believe it is to make movement in the problem of racism. If we each do our own work and make even small steps forward, it will make a difference. But first, we must humble ourselves and be willing to acknowledge where we’re at, our weaknesses, and get help from each other as we come together to do something bigger than who we are.
I am no expert
Silence is worse, silence is doing nothing.
First, I want to admit that I am not an expert in this field. In fact, I am far from it. I don’t know how to address this perfectly or appropriately and I am going to mess up. I will probably offend people not knowing it. But, I am not going to let my fear keep me from pressing forward in speaking. When we don’t speak, and we sit silently, we do nothing.
Martin Luther King Jr said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
Stop running, take a stand and look at things.
When we do nothing, we are saying what is happening is ok. And, we know that is not the case. I am not going to let my fears and insecurities delay a much-needed conversation. So, please forgive me in advance for messing up. Help me know how to address these traumatic issues. We need one another. I come from a place of humility and a lack of knowledge. And honestly, an embarrassment for this. I want to commit to doing the work of anti-racism.
In 2019 Ibram Kendi came out with a NY Times best selling book How to be an Antiracist. He discusses the difference between being racist and being antiracist. We must not simply keep from doing racist action but we must speak and stop racism. This is being antiracist. Kendi says, “Being an antiracist requires self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.” This is constant work that we have to do and a requirement for us as humans to love and help one another.
As we as a nation have faced COVID and now this, the spiritual atmosphere is heavy. I am hearing over and over about the exhaustion people are feeling. This is especially true for us as therapists and faith healers. We feel the pain for the world around us. To break this exhaustion, we need to pay attention to it and address it head-on. We are on the front lines. This is two-fold – as therapists and as Christians.
Fighting for the oppressed
Proverbs 31:9 – Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy.
Christians fight for the oppressed. The black community should not have to advocate for themselves. Just as our clients who go through trauma need us to advocate for them, so does the broken and traumatized community.
What we can do
Audre Lorde – Revolution is not a one-time event.
- Explore your own family of origin story
- Examine your own life. How do you live to help the oppressed? What relationships are in your life?
- Ask God for insight and guidance
- Make changes in your life, community, and speak from your platform
- Examine and make changes in your business
- Diversify your practice
- Businesses with diversity have greater success – read this article
We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.” – Elie Wiesel, The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, the Accident
Books mentioned in this episode
- Meg Procopio on What Pastors Need from Therapists | FP 31
- Rachel Rodgers – Hello 7
- Email Whitney: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faith In Practice Facebook Group
- Free resources to help you start, grow and scale
- Apply to work with Whitney
- Consult With Whitney
Meet Whitney Owens
Whitney is a licensed professional counselor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.
Knowing the pains and difficulties surrounding building a private practice, she started this podcast to help clinicians start, grow, and scale a faith-based practice. She has learned how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same.
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