Clothing company Levi Strauss is offering its employees the opportunity to engage in a “fireside chat and Q&A” with a “racial trauma specialist” following Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal on November 19.
The announcement came via email from Elizabeth Morrison, Levi’s Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, according to a copy of the email obtained through the @libsoftiktok Twitter account.
Levi Strauss & Co Sent Notice To Employees Offering Therapy Session With ‘Racial Trauma Specialist’ To Learn ‘Trauma Coping Mechanisms’ After Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict pic.twitter.com/9rSXRqZzbN
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“With the news that Kyle Rittenhouse has not been convicted of the murder of three people – two of whom lost their lives – during the racial justice protests last year, it’s a tough day for many,” begins the email.
The email continues:
The pain and trauma of racial, identity, and belief-based tragedies is a reality many of us struggle with on an ongoing basis. It can be physically, mentally and emotionally draining to keep reliving those moments and I want you to know that it’s okay to not be well. Also know that my team and I are here for you and we are working hard to create opportunities for you to express how you feel.
To help promote safety, sharing and encourage healing, I will be hosting a fireside chat and Q&A with Dr. Jamila Codrington, Registered Psychologist and Racial Trauma Specialist in early December. Dr. J and I will discuss the mental and physical impacts of subsequent social and racial justice events and trauma coping mechanisms during our discussion.
The email goes on to list resources to help employees make an impact “social justice, equality and driving positive change.
The methods listed include “gbe educated and informed about the issue of gun violence so that you can be an active citizen in your community ”and“ reach of your elected officials to let them know how important common sense gun laws are to you. “
Jamila Codrington is a licensed New York State psychologist and serves on the board of directors of the Association of Black Psychologists of New York, according to the organization’s website.
In an interview on the Karen hunter show, which was posted to the show’s YouTube channel on January 6, 2021, Codrington was asked:
If you could just prescribe a therapeutic regiment to someone coming out of slavery space or someone coming out of Jim Crow, what would a therapeutic regiment look like for that community or that person as we experience the therapy now?
She responded in part:
Wow, nice question Marie. You know I think the first thing for me is always to go back and remember who we are, because one of the main weapons of colonialism and white supremacy was to destroy our memory and separate ourselves, fundamentally, from our wealth, our cultural wealth. We have been taken out of the history books, we have been forced not to speak our mother tongue.
Codrington later added: “We were fooled into thinking that we don’t matter, and it all comes from a legacy of slavery, and we have to challenge this inferior lie.
In response to a follow-up question later in the interview, she said, “First we have to start by decolonizing our minds and values. “