#30DayEducationChallenge: Day 25 Racial Trauma

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

For today's concept we are exploring racial trauma, and specifically how the current environment impacts it. Doctors are calling racial trauma a public health emergency, and the impacts are important to understand. As a white ally, it has been tough to come to terms with the fact that I have contributed to others' trauma (see: white fragility), but those feelings pale in comparison to what people experience who are actually living through racial trauma. This is a topic I was trained on working in public schools, and I think is so, so important to understand. Let's listen, learn, and course correct.

To dive into this topic we are listening to a podcast episode from Terrible, Thanks for Asking (TTFA): "Policing and Racial Trauma with Angela Davis" which explores the intersection of racial trauma and policing. Panelists include:- Angela Davis, host of MPR News with Angela Davis on Minnesota Public Radio;  Resmaa Menakem, founder of Justice Leadership Solutions in Minneapolis and author of My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies; Justin Terrell, executive director of Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage; and Brittany Lewis, founder and CEO of Research in Action and University of Minnesota researcher at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.

Podcast website

Supplemental Reading:
"Racial Trauma Is a Public Health Emergency" by Dara Winley (Psychology Today)
"Coping With Racial Trauma - an Infographic" The Empower Lab

Reflection Questions (discuss with your group, join the conversation on Instagram, journal):

  1. What is something new you learned?
  2. What is something that surprised you?
  3. How should this information be tied into policy-making, education, public services, etc? 
  4. What can change this? 

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