Race Based Traumatic Stress

The see-saw, existential experience of being Black in America continues to throw me up and down, to and fro…..like I am on a little tug boat on a stormy sea.  The recent events in #ferguson have shook me and I find it deeply disturbing that an African American unarmed teen could be shot and killed so horrifically.  Further to respond to the outrage and despair with military force and weaponry is unconscionable.  And then just as I was gaining some semblance of balance, Eric Holder tenders his resignation, Shonda Rhimes and Viola Davis are attacked culturally by a NYT critic, and an intruder has made his way into the White House when the Obama’s children were home (reportedly).  It all feels like Bam, Bam, Bam, and then Bam.

Read a bit here about the see-saw and a name for what many of us are going through. http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/articles/race-based-traumatic-stress….or this really helpful article in psychology today, http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/culturally-speaking/201305/can-racism-cause-ptsd-implications-dsm-5.  There is a name for what we go through, and having two psychology degrees has not made me immune.  Living and coping with racism is very challenging.

Much more on all of this later, but wanted to give you a window into what has been happening in the silent spaces of my blog writing.

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