All the Same on the Inside–The Practical Side

Over the past several weeks, I have seen more adult African-American men and women cry than I have in my whole life–on TV panels talking about race, on televised church discussing humanity and even on a professional Zoom meeting where the topic was race. Seeing such vulnerability has moved me to tears and broken my heart.

I have always stood for equality and fair treatment of all people—no matter their race, size, sexual orientation, etc. But George Floyd’s death was different. I am not sure if it is because my heart and emotions are already tired and fatigued from navigating life with COVID-19, or because of the vulnerability I have seen so many people of different colors bravely demonstrate lately or because something in me just finally broke under the weight of witnessing such repeated oppression, but I can’t get the pictures of George Floyd and his wife and daughter out of my mind.

Perhaps you are in a similar place. Thinking about injustice is important because thoughts are connected to feelings and these thoughts and feelings move us to action. And action is the key to change. I am not here to debate the topic of race or the tactics of law enforcement, or really anything political.

What I am here to do in this space is invite you to sit with your thoughts about race—whatever they may be. How do you feel about George Floyd’s death? How do you feel about the topic of race in general? And do you consider the events of the past few weeks a race issue or a human rights issue?

If you are feeling overwhelmed due to witnessing or experiencing injustice, we can help. Our therapists can offer a safe space where you can explore your experiences and feelings. Recognizing your feelings about oppression and injustice and processing them is essential for your emotional health. Please contact Life Enhancement Counseling Services today at 407-443-8862 to speak with one of our experienced mental health counselors.


Yolanda Brailey