Racism is a public health crisis. It has devastated our communities for generations. We MUST do better. We MUST be better.
Black history is OUR history. Until we reach true equity across our country, let us give focus to a few of the many incredible Black individuals who have shared their gifts with our community. Read about some of our Black history health care heroes here.
As the movement to end violent policing and systematic, implicit racism leads to change, we can envision a better future. As a health care provider, we must support our communities. The well-being of our Black and Brown patients, our neighbors, our friends, family, and lovers is vital to us.
Audre Lorde, self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” wrote:
Through the struggle for true liberty and freedom, you have to take care of yourself.
Get Support. Talk. Connect.
Chase Brexton Behavioral Health team: Our behavioral health team provides culturally-competent, affirming care and therapy. Just call: 410-837-2050
In a medical or emotional emergency, please call 911 immediately.
If you are in immediate crisis - feeling depressed, overwhelmed, or hopeless, call the 24/7 Disaster Distress Help Line: 1-800-985-5990 OR text the 24/7 Text Line: Text “TalkWithUs” to 6674
Learn. Act. Heal.
We've also gathered some different resources to help. We hope some of them will be helpful to you. As we find more, we will add to the lists below. And, we want you to know we are not only here for you. We are also here WITH you.
To see the resources, click on the tab titles below (LEARN \ ACT \ HEAL \ FAQ).
BLACK LIKE ME Black Like Me with Dr. Alex Gee is a podcast that invites you to experience the world through the perspective of one Black man, one conversation, one story, or even one rant at a time.
CODE SWITCH Code Switch is a multi-racial, multi-generational team of NPR journalists who cover race and identity.
THE DIVERSITY GAP On The Diversity Gap podcast, we'll be learning from thought leaders, authors, creatives and more about the diversity gaps in society and culture. Our goal is to discover promising practices for closing diversity gaps in our everyday lives and work!
BhD: BLACK & HIGHLY DANGEROUS The purpose of the Black and Highly Dangerous podcast is to take everyday questions, conversations, and debates and attempt to provide answers by including up-to-date research along with occasional interviews from experts. We are a black podcast that discusses black topics.
OBAMA FOUNDATION: ANGUISH AND ACTION Find resources to learn what you can do to create a more just and equitable world.
THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE EDUCATION FUND—TAKE ACTION IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY Learn how you can take action around the issue of police use of force in your city.
COLOR OF CHANGE Color Of Change helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us.
BALTIMORE UNITED FOR CHANGE (BUC) Many of you have reached out to the coalition in some capacity wanting to help and support, and we are tremendously grateful. We invite you to add your organization, institution or self to the skills/organizational bank.
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER (MBK) MBK focuses on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity.
CENTER FOR POLICING EQUITY Right now finding justice feels a long way off. And measuring justice feels impossible. Let’s do the impossible.
BALTIMOREANS UNITED IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (BUILD) BUILD is a broad-based, non-partisan, interfaith, multiracial community power organization rooted in Baltimore’s neighborhoods and congregations.
BECOME AN ACTIVE BYSTANDER The James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate and Hate Hurts. partnered to launch #NotAlone, a series of videos that examine the experiences of those who have been targeted by hate and highlight ways in which allies can provide support in the form of bystander intervention.
ADVOCACY IN THE WAKE OF HATE From individuals who’ve been targeted by hate, learn how how they have been able to advocate for a better response to hate crimes and a more inclusive society.
HOW RACIAL BIAS WORKS – AND HOW WE CAN DISRUPT IT In this powerful talk, psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt explores how our biases unfairly target Black people at all levels of society -- from schools and social media to policing and criminal justice -- and discusses how creating points of friction can help us actively interrupt and address this troubling problem.
THE PATH TO ENDING SYSTEMATIC RACISM In a time of mourning and anger over the ongoing violence inflicted on Black communities by police in the US and the lack of accountability from national leadership, what is the path forward?
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Learn and be prepared before protesting.
PROTECT PRIVACY DURING PROTESTS Ensure your communications are private and not used against you if you choose to protest.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL'S GUIDE: "SAFETY DURING PROTESTS"
BALTIMORE ACTION LEGAL TEAM Baltimore Action Legal Team (BALT) has been operating a bail fund since April 2015. In times of crisis, we receive donations and post as many bails as possible.
THE NATIONAL BAIL OUT COLLECTIVE The National Bail Out collective is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.
FINDING FRED Carvell Wallace, the best selling author of The Sixth Man, dives into the work of an idiosyncratic and profound thinker, asking what a beloved children’s show host can teach us about surviving and thriving in today’s chaotic world.
LET'S PROCESS THAT Join Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Amber Thornton, as she reflections on personal growth, mental wellness, motherhood, and other things in between! New episodes released every Tuesday!
THIS IS A SAFE SPACE - BLACK DAD'S KLUB Black men sharing their thoughts, feelings, and opinions from their experiences in life, marriage, and fatherhood.
A FEW SCREWS LOOSE Dan and Paul are both men of color who suffer from, and openly talk about, their mental illnesses. The goal of this podcast is to help further destigmatize mental illness in minority communities where we’re traditionally taught to suffer in silence. We have suffered in silence for far too long. It’s our hope that listeners walk away knowing that it is ok to talk about it, it’s ok to feel, it’s ok to seek help, and most importantly you’re not alone. Join us bi-weekly as we discuss our experiences, tips, and have conversations with occasional guests about all things mental health related.
THERAPY FOR BLACK GIRLS The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.
SHINE BRIGHT TOGETHER The Shine Brighter Together Podcast is a place where we share the challenges, complexities and sheer joy of building healthy relationships and doing the heart work for true diverse unity.
EXPERIENCE MENTAL HEALTH Hosted by Eric The Counselor and Dez Perry, the purpose of this show is to help break down mental health stigmas and teach coping skills in a fun, entertaining, and educational way.
THE ALLY + ACCOMPLICE MEDITATION FOR CULTIVATING AN ANTI-RACIST MINDSET
(Scroll halfway down the page to get to the meditation.)
EMBRACE YOUR RAW, STRANGE MAGIC The way we're taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald.
What do you mean by racism? What is racism?
Racism is a belief or action based on an idea that how people look determines how they behave, think, and live. Racism gives value to some people and takes away value from others. This leads to some individuals and communities having unfair advantage over other individuals and communities.
For centuries, racism has been a part of our country’s systems. This has led to both intentional and unintentional discrimination that has created barriers for people of color. These barriers affect access to the basic things we all need to live in our country, from housing and education to jobs and food. These fundamental needs are what public health experts call ‘social determinants of health’.
Why is racism a public health crisis?
Racism is a public health crisis for many reasons. One reason is that racism and the barriers it creates negatively affects physical and mental wellbeing and leads to lower health outcomes. Because of barriers to the social determinants of health (see above), people of color struggle with significantly higher rates of infant mortality, obesity, heart disease, and asthma than White people. Racism, intentionally or unintentionally, also affects how Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are treated by the country’s institutions like police, health care providers, teachers, and the court system, to name a few. And, racism has created a system in which police violence significantly affects people of color, particularly Black men, more than White people. Black men have a 1 in 1,000 chance of being killed by police in their lifetime, more than 2.5 times greater risk than for White men.
Why do we say 'black lives matter' - don't all lives matter?
Yes. All lives matter. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and White lives matter. Life matters.
What is at the heart of saying Black lives matter is in response to a preponderance of violence against Black individuals that has shaped the very fabric of our country. Despite only being 13% of the population, Black people make up 28% of those killed by police. Black people are 3 times more likely to be killed by police than White people and 2 times more likely than Hispanic people.
But, it's not simply about violent policing. In fact, in 2018, 34% of violent hate crimes reported were anti-Black crimes. Additionally, studies have shown that Black men are perceived to be bigger and more threatening than White men of the same size. Other studies show that, when shown pictures of diverse people, Americans' visually interpret Black faces with negative connotations. The darker the skintone, the more negative the perception.
As the American Public Health Association notes “Racism is a longstanding systemic structure in this country that must be dismantled, through brutally honest conversations, policy changes and practices.” Though Chase Brexton Health Care has many honest conversations ahead, we are committed to the work of dismantling racism to improve the lives and health of all in our communities.
Note: These resources may contain language that is not appropriate or comfortable for all. Be aware that these resources are not created by Chase Brexton Health Care. They do not replace therapy or medical advice from an actual certified provider or any Chase Brexton Health Care provider. Choose what to and what not to listen to, read, and engage in based on your own judgments.