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6/22/20 Racism, Trauma, and Well-Being

In the three weeks since the brutal killing of George Floyd, hundreds of thousands of people entered the streets to express their outrage and sorrow, protesting against racism and police brutality. It has been inspiring to see such an outpouring of anti-racist solidarity. The protests most directly address the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. And, just days ago, Rayshard Brooks was added to that awful list of casualties when he was shot by police outside a Wendy’s in Atlanta. But killings of unarmed black men and women extend back far before the year 2020. Centuries of racist violence have been perpetrated against the Black community and systemic racism is a deeply rooted reality. Host David B. Feldman speaks with psychologist Dr. Monnica Williams about how this legacy of racism and violence affects the well-being of the Black community, why White people often don’t understand these traumatic effects, and how to talk about racism in these difficult times.