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NASW-NC Statement on White Supremacists in Charlottesville

Wednesday, August 16, 2017   (1 Comments)
Posted by: NASWNC Associate
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By Ryan Estes, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
President, NASW-NC Board of Directors

The United States paved its way to greatness with ugly history left frequently unmentioned. This was glossed over in my history classes, and instead I was presented a nation founded on equality and dignity for all. As a grown man, with many privileges, I am far too often reminded this is not the case when I am left witness to senseless hatred and bigotry.  
After recognizing that our nation forged its success on the blood of the oppressed, I held onto the belief that we were progressing and fumbling forward. I wanted to believe the atrocities were those of our forefathers and not our contemporaries. I have to unequivocally and irrevocably accept this is a comforting lie. Last year, I echoed the voices of many more eloquently spoken NASW-NC board members and social workers to challenge hate after Keith Scott was shot by a police officer in Charlotte. This year, more tiredly, I ask that you find your voice so we can collectively do work. What we may find this to look like, I am not sure. Many days I feel like we are filling the ocean one pebble at a time. I hold on to the hope that this nation can one day be better.
I hope that we can share dialogue to collectively find ways to show our passion to work against what is so visibly occurring in our nation. If you are writer, write politicians and papers. If you are an organizer, help create forums for those to find a safe space. If you are a listener, be present.
During these troubling times we are reminded of our NASW Code of Ethics Ethical Principles which states:
Value: Social Justice
Ethical Principle: Social workers challenge social injustice. 

Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers' social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people.

Ethical Standards: 1.05 Cultural Competence and Social Diversity
(c) Social workers should obtain education about and seek to understand the nature of social diversity and oppression with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical disability.
Please let me know how myself or any of the staff of NASW-NC can support any efforts to respond to the Charlottesville tragedy. 
Ryan Estes, LCSW, LCAS, CCS 
President, NASW-NC Board of Directors 


Eric D. Tucker says...
Posted Thursday, August 17, 2017
Thank you for authoring a timely and relevant statement to social workers in North Carolina and beyond who share in the commitment to realize social justice, equality, and dignity and respect for all. Sincerely, Eric Tucker, MSW, LCSW Raleigh, NC

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