A Trauma Informed Approach to Anti-racism

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New scientific understandings about the impact of prejudice, bias, othering, and racism are presented. Two ground-breaking books are referenced: The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, and My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menachem. Briere's widely used Trauma Symptom Inventory for diagnosing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and key findings from studies about Race Based Traumatic Stress (RBTS) are shared briefly.

The research shows that truama is not just a single life-threatening event. The lived experiences of everyday racism and microaggressions are daily traumas that have impacts on the body. Stressors may be direct, vicarious, and transmitted. Trauma is experienced and transferred between generations as genetic memory. 

Some anti-racist skills that we can use from trauma sciences to help bring healing, and to make everybody feel included are: 1) active listening, 2) assertion, 3) counter story telling, 4) attend to microbehaviors (micro-affirmations, bridging, belonging for building safe spaces), 5) interrogating categorization and classifying, and 6) stop racializing.

Subject

Equity
Inclusion

Creator

Anita Coleman

Publisher

ADL

Date

27, October, 2021

Format

Adobe Acrobat (pdf)

Language

English

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Anita Coleman, “A Trauma Informed Approach to Anti-racism,” Anti-Racism Digital Library, accessed December 5, 2021, https://sacred.omeka.net/items/show/407.