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A Message from Dr. Jamie Bellenoit, CEO, on Racial Injustice

 

June 3, 2020

 

Dear Friends,

I will not pretend this is an easy time in our nation’s history for anyone. The murder of George Floyd is disgusting & heart-wrenching and yet, a stark sign of the times we’re living through. He is the most recent victim in a much-too-long string of senseless murders. The stories and experiences of Black people need to be shared to be understood. This is the time for the hard and uncomfortable conversations to be held. If you don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. If you don’t know how to help, you’re not alone. I’ve seen lots of posts on social media over the last few days about the fact that the system is not broken, this is exactly how it was designed. And I couldn’t agree more. Now, it’s our job to redesign it.

We have to ask ourselves what we can do about it. We can start in our own homes, of course. But we can also continue this movement in ways big and small. Here are some resources to help this movement continue to grow and impact everyone. If you are compelled to donate to a fund related to the Black Lives Matter movement, here is a list of resources. If you are struggling with how to talk to your kids about racism and other associated topics, here is a list of books and educational tools that can help. If you want to support businesses run by Black men and women, click here or here. If you feel confused by the uprising and wondering why people are upset, watch this short video. Finally, these last two links (one and two) have a variety of ways to help, including signing petitions and learning about the history of racism in the U.S.

At CCGC, we are committed to serving everyone who needs us and employing the best and brightest, regardless of the color of their skin. If you are not a Person of Color, please remember this quote “It is not enough just to be a good person. Even if you personally have “never” actively engaged in a racist act, you, me, we, have benefitted from a system built for us, and against Black, Brown, and all People of Color.” Let’s commit to dismantling that system together. As always, CCGC is here for anyone who needs us. But now, more than ever, we are here for our Black brothers and sisters. We will get through this, together. Even if we’re still social distancing, we are more with you than ever.


Sincerely,


Jamie Bellenoit, PhD, LMFT
Chief Executive Officer

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