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On behalf of the DCPA Community,

We mourn the loss of the victims in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, California, shootings and Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee. These instances may feel even harder to process, considering the attackers in all three instances shared the ethnic/racial identities as their victims. While we may never know the reasons behind such violence, we know that with each attack, death, and act of terror, grieving and mourning are activated. Within that grief, feelings of sadness, anger, frustration, hopelessness, numbness, and a host of other feelings may arise. We offer our condolences to the victims’ loved ones and celebrate the legacy they’ve left behind. As a committee, we actively condemn such acts of violence, structural racism, and hatred.  

As a mental health service organization, we want to remind our members, supporters, and our trainees that racism and acts rooted in white supremacy are not symptoms of mental illness. The Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion Committee will continue to support and educate our field and our communities in efforts to drive out hate and faulty beliefs of racial inferiority, and promote discussions about the harms of white supremacy and its ideology’s ability to permeate marginalized communities. 

If you would like to assist the AAPI community and those impacted by the Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park tragedies, there are several organizations and resources here: 

If you would like to support Tyre Nichols’ family, please access their GoFundMe page through the following resource (please be mindful that the Family’s GoFundMe page does have an image of Mr. Nichols in his hospital bed): 

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