Genocide & Magic, a Psychedelic Constellations reflection by Danielle Hererra, AMFT
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Create Equality & Justice
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Psychedelics
"Justice is what love looks like in public"
- Cornell West
In study after study, diversity is a predictor of excellence and success.
This is true throughout history.
(scroll effect of 30,000 ft view of people moving, ideas exchanging, cities rising)
The exchange of ideas and the sharing of perspectives makes people and communities stronger, and leads to innovation.
(statistics about the correlation between diversity and success, i.e. 72% of top-performing companies have the most diverse boards)
The goal of diversity efforts is to achieve equity.
(the word equity is in red, shifts places, becomes the basis for the definition)
Equity: (noun) justice according to natural law or right, specifically: freedom from bias or favoritism
It is such a simple goal, yet it has never been fully achieved by any nation on earth.
(art of conquoring armies and enslaved peoples)
Today we live in the most unequal time in history.
(stats on systemic oppression)
There are many complex reasons for this, but they relate to something called systemic oppression.
Systemic Oppression.
(definitions fade in below each)
(person walking up steps of courthouse building)
which has to do with power.
(fade in: three bullets - who holds it, how they wield it, who it is designed to benefit)
America was founded on slavery.
(stats)
America was conquored through genocide.
(US map where green is native territory, red is none, where as you scroll the red overtakes the green in the pattern it did in Westward expansion, and next to it a death count meter goes up)
The United States has a history of giving power to some:
(examples)
and denying it to others:
(Headlines of + names of racist immigration laws
Racist housing laws
Racist drug enforcement laws
Incarceration rates
School quality stats; life expectancy; economic opportunity; police brutality [ending with George Floyd art])
As a nation we have never fully reckoned with the racism of our past and the racism of our present.
Until we do systemic oppression will continue.
In a system that for generations - by intent, by action, and by law - given power to some and denied it to others, one point stands above the rest:
The people with the most structural power have the greatest moral obligation to make change.
It's time to get to work.
CONTEXT:
The history of psychedelics is rich with characters.
(faces on scroll effect of psychedelic pioneers in the west, all white men)
Almost all of them are white.
[zoom out from those faces to ~50 early elders of the field all of whom are white]
Mellody Hayes quote re: "these are not my elders" w/ cut out photo of her accented by art
Today 67% of people incarcerated for drug-related offenses are black or hispanic. Many of these people are convicted of low-level cannabis offenses.
Today executives of cannabis companies are 87% white.
(drug war stats)
Psychedelic business is shaping up to repeat this pattern.
(stats: companies, dollars, lack of diversity)
People of color have held psychedelic healing for millennia. It is because of their medicine work and wisdom that the possibility for psychedeic healing can exist today.
(Indigenous tribes that have held sacred medicine - photo + geographic region + plant)
Who stands to profit off psychedelic healing?
(fade in of faces of org founders + investment team leads - all white, almost all men)
What will they do to create equality and justice?

Let's start with some basics:
What is "DEI"?
D
E
I
Diversity refers to representation, including by race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, (dis)ability, etc.
Equity: refers to power - the promotion of justice, fairness and impartiality in processes, procedures and distribution of resources
Inclusion: refers to an outcome where those who are diverse are and feel welcomed into decision-making processes and development opportunities
What does the DEI process look like?
Learn
Unlearn
Reflect
Centering DEI is never a finished process. Instead we become more attuned to chances to manifest our values. Doing this effectively requires understanding the root causes of disparities within our society. This can be deeply challenging and deeply rewarding. Rather than fear labels, we can instead ask:

- "How do I participate in oppressive systems?
- Where can I take action to create more equitable systems?
- How am I building power with marginalized communities?"
Proactively educating
Acknowledge the impact of systems
Pair intention with action
Shift our orientation towards investment
Create an accountability and feedback culture
Have the courage for these discussions
I am:
Step One: Proactive Education
Once we know better we do better
Step One: Proactive Education
DEI Resources for White People
BIPOC
White
White
Step One: Proactive Education
Continued
Let's start with some basics:
(diversity, equity, inclusion fade in)
(diversity: definition
equity: definition
inclusion: definition)
How can companies support DEI?
"DEI quote about DEI as an ongoing process we're never really done with"
Learn:
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Listen:
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Acknowledge:
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Set Intention + Act:
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Invest:
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Show Courage:
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Case Study #1
(company X doing Y thing with Z impact + art)

(resource section)
Diversity is not an obligation. It is an opportunity.
For founders who aspire to be moral leaders, (fade in of art of person with sparkling eyes raised to the horizon like a moral leader)

to have top-performing teams, (art adds to other one of person reaching down to help someone else up), to build world-class cultures and most of all to create transformative solutions, diversity, equity, and inclusion - not as an afterthought but as essential to the organization's DNA - is a critical initiative.
[shortened intro copy]

As a nation we have never fully reckoned with the racism of our past and the racism of our present.

Until we do, systemic oppression will continue. Until we do we will remain an unequal people.

Equity is such a simple goal, yet it has never been fully achieved by any nation on earth.

In a system that for generations, by intent, by action, and by law, has given power to some and denied it to others, one point stands above the rest:

The people with the most structural power have the greatest moral obligation to make change.

It's time to get to work.
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