Louis J. Lumpkin
Is a marriage and family counselor who goes by L. J.and lives in Southern California with his wife and two children. L. J. was a track athlete at Cal Poly, then continued his education in Santa Barbara. He has worked in a variety of addiction and mental illness recovery centers and is now in private practice. He teaches multicultural psychology and
psychotherapy practicum at Pepperdine University.
L. J. gives talks internationally in person and on podcasts on the subject of healing from systemic racism. He offers training for Barbers on how to create council for those in the shop.
His next books are about parenting, and about relationships.
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How do we heal ourselves from being the objects of racism?
I'm doing it. I'm telling my story and the process I am going
through so you can try it on. I've been at it for years and I'm
not through, of course. But I have figured out how to describe
what we are healing from. I understand how to go about it.
Healing from the massive impact of racism is the same as
breaking the four-minute mile. I did it. I'm doing it. Others can
do it. It's okay to heal. It had to start with anger because it
was needed for the push forward. Now we can turn to healing.
We are all works in progress, and that's a good thing. It's what
makes my life worth living.
White people need to read this too. I'm a White woman and I
thought I wasn't racist. Helping put this wisdom into book
form showed me how little I knew. We can't stop racism if we
don't understand the depth and breadth of this insidious harm
still going on. BLM has brought attention to inequities and
police brutality, but there is so much more.
Anne Stirling Hastings, PhD, Shedding Shame and Claiming