WHAT IS RACIAL TRAUMA?

Racial trauma is the effects of race-based stressors that Black/AA and People of Color (POC) experience and witness daily. Experiencing and witnessing racial discrimination, assaults, insults, and harassments (overt or covert) negatively impact the mental, emotional, and relational health of Black people and POC – regardless of age, class, gender, sexual orientation or religion. In addition to the stressors of life, work and relationships, the effects of racial trauma challenge the overall well-being of Black/POC lives and relationships. The symptoms of racial trauma can include depression, anxiety, poor concentration, irritability, persistent distorted blame of self and others, persistent negative emotional state, and reckless/self-destructive behavior.