The killing of George Floyd and the subsequent events that have taken place world-wide, have highlighted the systemic racism that exists globally. Off The Record understands our responsibility to stand with the black community, in challenging injustice and racism; this includes confronting the significant racial inequalities in the mental health system.
We are committed to looking at ourselves as a community-centred organisation and at our work with children and young people, to speaking out against racism and to speaking up for racial equality in order to ensure that we say loudly and clearly that Black Lives Matter, in everything we do.
As Audre Lorde says “We have the power those who came before us have given us, to move beyond the place where they were standing."
As James Baldwin says "Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."
As Maya Angelou says "Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible."
Leon one of our Community counsellors has written a poem about his current thoughts and feelings.
If you would like to write a poem and let us have it for the website, we would be very grateful. Please click here and use the form on the page to make a submission. Thank you.
I'm so tired of being a target because I'm a black man. Also because of my size I'm more of a threat. Respect is little or none by some and you end being numb.
I'm so tired of the micro aggression and micro traumas of stereotypes against me and the expectancy to be a person that fits your Image of me I'm so tired.
I'm so tired as I just want live and breathe the same air as all in this world, without fearing for today it could be my last due to insecurities and power lusts of those we are supposed to trust.
I'm so TIRED I just want to be........ just me, authentically me Leon Berry. I'm so tired.
Aren't you tired?
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