On the eve of the fall semester, our hearts are heavy following another week of unspeakable violence and trauma against Black Americans. We at the CCSD, stand in solidarity with our UD Black community and condemn the violence and re-traumatization towards Black people across the nation. The shooting of Jacob Blake–now paralyzed–by a white police officer and the murders of peaceful protesters in the past week have been horrifying and continue to remind us of the violence against Black and Brown people that has been happening this year…and for hundreds of years.
The death of Chadwick Boseman was another blow. A man who inspired so many of us with his work in films like Black Panther lost a long and largely private battle with cancer. For our community members of color, we know this is heartbreaking news at a time already marred by the loss of far too many role models and leaders. Of Boseman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote: “He was and is a celluloid monument as powerful as the Lincoln Memorial, a visual manifestation of the qualities African Americans strive for, so that his name itself conjures the image of a black man with integrity and courage.”
It’s been a challenging year in many ways. At the CCSD, we encourage you to practice self-care in whatever way is meaningful to you. Connect with your friends and family. Talk about what it’s like for you to hear about and consider these many losses and continued acts of violence. Think about what you can do to make your world and your community a better place. And if you think talking to a professional counselor could be helpful for you, please give us a call.
If you’re an ally and would like to help bring about change, here are some organizations to consider: