FIER is a non-profit 501c(4) dedicated to addressing racial trauma. We offer counseling to racism and hate crime victims while also embarking on educational endeavors through marketing and bringing communities together for constructive discussions ab... Read more
FIER is a non-profit 501c(4) dedicated to addressing racial trauma. We offer counseling to racism and hate crime victims while also embarking on educational endeavors through marketing and bringing communities together for constructive discussions about race-relations and inter-ethnic issues.
The Foundation for Inter-Ethnic Restoration was founded amidst the worldwide uproar stemming from COVID-19 xenophobia and the demise of George Floyd that brought life, as we knew it, to a sobering halt revealing the underlying tension that had been prevalent within American society for generations. Over the years, systematic and institutionalized racism has produced numerous incidences of hate crimes and police brutality which has been largely ignored, minimized, denied and invalidated. However, the harsh reality is that minority communities were on the edge of a surreal precipice long before the year 2020.
Consequently, countless minority communities have been struggling with the multi-pronged effects of systemic racism and have suffered tremendously. Research suggests that the effects of recurring experiences with racial trauma can include a reshaping of individuals’ perceptions of themselves, psychological distress, and even suicidal ideation (O’Keefe, Wingate, Cole, Hollingsworth, & Tucker, 2015; Williams, Neighbors, & Jackson, 2003).
Thus, racism in any form, whether it be at the hands of a stranger, a boss, or even an institution, is clearly harmful to one’s mental and physical health and requires concerted actions designed to foster restoration and improvement of one’s quality of life. F.I.E.R., in collaboration with various professionals and mental health experts will attempt to fill the gap by facilitating safe environments for cathartic discussions.