EJ Fry Acupuncture is committed to antiracism.
As a health care provider and small business owner, I feel it’s my responsibility to use whatever visibility my privilege affords me to voice my commitment to antiracism.
Undoing racism isn’t just repeating slogans or changing our profile picture. We need to identify what racism is, learn about how we perpetuate it, and dismantle it.
Our institutions are such a huge factor in sustaining racism. Therefore they can have as powerful an impact on the dismantling of racism, if they actively do so through antiracist policies.
A racist idea holds the belief that one group of people, based on their race, is inferior to another group.
One insidious way that racist ideas are maintained is by inaction against racist policies. If we don’t actively dismantle racist policies, we are only helping to sustain racism. Despite our claims of passivity or neutrality, we become upholders of oppression.
Simply put, a racist policy is a policy that yields racial inequity.
By contrast, an antiracist policy is a policy that yields racial equality.
EJ Fry Acupuncture’s goal is to actively participate in antiracism through instigation of antiracist policies.
For this, I need your help. Dismantling racism is an ongoing process with the potential for mistakes, and therefore learning, to take place. If you see an area where there can be improvements made, please let me know, I’m happy to discuss ideas, comments, suggestions, questions, etc. Racism isn’t learned in a vacuum, and it can’t be unlearned in one; this must take place through conversation. I hope to continue this work in the spirit of learning how we can treat each other better, at an interpersonal and institutional level. Thank you for your help. There’s no way we can do this alone.
EJ Fry, L.Ac.