Understanding Racial Trauma

Racial trauma can occur when day after day you watch as people, black people, people who look like you, are being treated with little respect for the value of their humanity. Racial trauma occurs when you watch as they are brutally and senselessly killed. Racial trauma can occur after watching people like you experience such tragic and horrific injustices time after time -so often that it renders you emotionally powerless and exhausted. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Racial trauma occurs when micro-aggressions, personal experiences of racial discrimination and collective experiences of racism become so unbearable that it shatters your sense of safety and security in the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

It damages the hopefulness you felt for your children to live in a racially unbiased world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Racial trauma is coming to the realization that racism still widely exists, but its existence is so blatantly ignored and its impact so gravely misunderstood by non-racialized, privileged groups. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


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Racial trauma is a frightening emotional experience that can bring on distressing feelings of sadness, irritability, numbness, anger, and rage. It can render you feeling powerlessness, hopelessness, disbelief and even shame. Racial Trauma can make you doubt your value. It can cause you to question your worth to society. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Racial Trauma is real and it is deeply painful. So next time you see someone rally, protest, damage, destroy, cry or even self destruct over what seems to be just another tragic occurrence, consider the years of racial trauma they may have endured, suppressed and smiled off in hopes that submission to polite assimilation would have brought them acceptance and racial harmony. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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