Levi Strauss Offers Employees Counseling With ‘Racial Trauma Specialist’ After Kyle Rittenhouse Acquittal

Clothing company Levi Strauss offered employees a “fireside chat and Q&A” with a “racial trauma specialist” after the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse. 

The announcement came via email from Levi Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Elizabeth Morrison. It was posted online by one of the greatest Twitter accounts in history, the @libsoftiktok.

The email said: “With the news that Kyle Rittenhouse was not convicted in the shooting of three individuals – two of whom lost their lives – during racial justice protests last year, this is a difficult day for many.

“The pain and trauma of race, identity and belief-based tragedies is a reality that many of us are struggling with on an ongoing basis.

“It can feel physically, mentally, and emotionally draining to continue to relive these moments and I want you to know, its okay not to be okay. 

“Please also know that my team and I are here for you and are working hard to create opportunities for you to express how you are feeling.

“To help promote safety, sharing and to encourage healing, I’ll be hosting a fireside chat and Q&A with Dr. Jamila Codrington, a licensed psychologist and racial trauma specialist in early December. 

“Dr. J and I will talk about the mental and physical impacts of back-to-back social and racial justice events and trauma coping mechanisms during our discussion.

The email lists resources available to employees who want to impact “social justice, equality, and drive positive change.”

These include:

“Getting educated and informed on the issue of gun violence so you can be an active citizen in your community.”

“Reaching out to your elected officials to let them know just how important common-sense gun laws are to you.”