Authentic Allyship

A Black psychiatrist's reflections and dreams on what true allyship would look like in a country that remains divided.

POETRY FOR INCLUSION

Sit with me

White brother

and sister.

Strip nugatory

garments filled

with historical

bias.


Stand with me

White son

and daughter.

Inject cognitive

flexibility botox

into prejudiced

foreheads.


Testify with me

White congressman

and congresswoman.

Speak God’s truth

rooted in divine

non-partisan

justice.


Pray with me

White man

and woman

of faith.

Breathe auguries

of love into

stereotyped

obstructive

nostrils.


Dr Clark is an outpatient psychiatrist at Prisma Health-Upstate and clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. He served on the American Psychiatric Association’s Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry, and he currently serves as the Diversity and Inclusion section editor and advisory board member for Psychiatric TimesTM.