Stand Together in the Fight Against Racism
Written by Sanjana Lokur
Today, we are up against a global enemy that has previously remained unconquered – racism. We have been witnesses to – and some of us, victims of – the horrible incidences of baseless discrimination.
We at Reach Out Together stand together in the global fight against racism. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination, stereotyping, and racism of any kind.
We believe in compassion and empathy for all human beings, and that the colour of your skin, the history of your people, or where you are from, cannot, should not, and must not stop you from being your authentic self. They will be joining us from 6 continents and over 20 time zones to help us educate, inspire and empower people on their mental health journey, to support themselves as well as others.
There are too many Black people in the world, living in big cities or foreign towns, who have no choice but to dress impeccably, speak softly and humbly, and suppress their bold personalities, in order to be taken seriously, for their qualifications to have meaning, to land good employment, and to have houses leased to them.
All because the colour of their skin is different. We ask, how is that fair? That is the question we encourage you to ask frequently, openly, loudly.
As an organization that is founded and largely run by Indians, we acknowledge that it isn’t only the Black community who faces everyday discrimination. It is anyone who doesn’t fit the norms of the society they live in. It can be because of the colour of your skin, your facial features, your speech, your clothing, or your ethnicity.
Mental health does not discriminate based on any of that. It hits everyone the same, regardless of how they look, where they’re from, or what tongue they speak. However, racism is a major factor in contributing to poor mental health among Black people.
Although African Americans are just as likely to report
serious psychological distress, they are less likely to receive treatment.
But, adult African Americans are more likely to report
feelings of sadness, hopelessness,
and worthlessness, than are adult whites.
– WebMD, African Americans Face Unique Mental Health Risks
The only race that should matter is the human race. The only colours that should matter are the ones you see in a rainbow. Let your humanity speak of change, hope, and joy, and not of hatred, condescension, and pride. Let it help, uplift, and support. We share a home; we share a sky. There is nobody better than or beneath the other.
We are committed to continuously educating ourselves and others about stigma, racism, and mental health, and how we can better support those in need.
Let’s reach out together for a better world.
To Your Wellness,
Reach Out Together
Written and compiled by:
Reach Out Together Foundation