We want to acknowledge the tragic events occurring in Baltimore, MD that began this past Monday. These events and tense interactions come as a result of the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who was arrested and died in police custody due to spinal injury, which has yet to be explained by officials. Six police officers have been suspended as the investigation continues.
Unfortunately, this highlights the recurrent deaths of unarmed Black men and the presence of micro/macroagressions as well as the struggles of individuals of color in and around the globe.
We understand that events of this nature, which have a long-standing history, continue to evoke emotions, questions, and may spark debates between individuals. Also, the controversy regarding the misrepresentation of events in the media may also exacerbate some of these issues and stressful reactions.
We at CAPS continue to strive for inclusion and acknowledge the multicultural struggles that may impact students, faculty, and staff. If support is needed from CAPS, please let us know by scheduling an appointment or utilizing our counselor-on-duty service.
In addition, we encourage engaging in ways that may improve your well being including connecting with others, participating in self-care activities that may enhance emotional and mental well-being, utilizing your values and belief systems that may provide purpose and assist in coping, and/or attending events such as vigils to demonstrate some form of social action.
You can donate to the NAACP to help in the cleanup efforts and to provide housing, food and supplies to those affected by the unrest in Baltimore.
Article published in April 2015