At Ellenhorn, we believe that staying connected to the world is central to an individual getting better. We recognize that we cannot treat an individual without also considering their world and the complex demands it makes of them.
At Ellenhorn, we also believe that we, as a company, must be connected to the world to ensure that we are always advancing the cause of being better. Right now, our therapeutic community cannot, in good conscience, quietly continue our work without recognizing our world.
We cannot turn a blind eye to the naked expressions of hate and intolerance flooding across this country, or to the law standing behind these forms of white supremacy. In less than one week we have seen two mass murders that have traumatized families and communities.
The murder of eight people in the Atlanta area, seven of whom were women and six of whom were Asian-American women, represents only the most recent rearing of racism and misogyny’s ugly faces in this country. We see the poisonous language of blame and othering that has been directed at our brothers and sisters in the Asian- American and Pacific Islander communities over the past 12 months and we recognize that this language of dehumanization promoted by political leaders and everyday Americans precipitates heinous acts of violence.
This hatred is no novel development. There exists a direct through line between the murders of March 16, 2021, and the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII and, before that, the Page Act of 1875. We see the ways that men have been taught that they hold dominion over women and non-binary individuals, a status clearly reflected in modern pay gaps.
At Ellenhorn, we see these manifestations of hate in our world and we will not be silent.
We are heartbroken at the loss of these eight people, as well as the killing of the 10 people in a mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, CO, just days later. The continued scourge of hatred cannot be ignored and we will not be deterred. We will continue to acknowledge our world and advance the work of betterment.
Soon Chung Park
Hyun Jung Grant
Sun Cha Kim
Paul Andre Michels
Yong Ae Yue