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  • Writer's pictureLaKeith Sutton

Racial Trauma

This brilliant definition brought to you by LillianComas-Díaz,

Gordon Nagayama Hall and Helen A. Neville. Please read their research on racial trauma and healing, “Racial Trauma: Theory, Research, and Healing: Introduction to the Special Issue.”

When a racially biased murder occurs there are collective feelings of anxiety, anger and sadness that ripples through our community that once again reminds us, as if we didn’t already know 😒, that racial prejudice is still very much alive and that if a white person decides to victimize us, even if caught on tape, justice can be delayed or denied. Between the unarmed murders of black folks and the racist prison industrial complex many black people still find it difficult to have a peace of mind just existing or even feel the unfair pressure not to be themselves or go to certain places because it may result in either being killed or being unfairly prosecuted. This is what racial trauma looks like and how it feels most of the time is indescribable but we feel it and do our best to deal with it. One of our missions is to create a safe space for black people to come be themselves and talk about the stress, anxiety and even fear that comes with being black in a much to often racially bias broader culture. #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #socialwork #blackmentalhealth #blackmentalwellness #LCSW #psychotherapy #therapyforblackmen #therapyforblackgirls #blackboyjoy #blackgirlmagic #LGSW #LMSW #LPC #LCPC #LGPC

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