Emily Volz is a psychology graduate student at Pacifica Graduate Institute specializing in Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco Psychologies. Here, in a personal essay below, Volz shares how the racial awakening and protests across the country have made her check her privilege and how an intervention is necessary within white America.
My family owns a building in downtown Seattle. On May 31, I woke up to images of the building in a Seattle Times article. The images show shattered windows, mannequins toppled and goods scattered.
One photo shows several police officers walking out of the building, a symbolic image of the structural causes of the destruction.
I spoke with my mom that afternoon. “I’m not mad,” she told me.
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Losing windows is nothing compared to losing Black lives. Every single death is a loss to our nation,