Day 7, April 27: Racism and Trauma
From microaggressions in social settings to hate crimes, incidents of racism can impact a victim’s mental state. Racial traumas can also come from systems of racism.

For a quick overview of racial trauma, check out this infographic. Then deepen your understanding with the following:

  • Article: Read this interview about how race-based trauma impacts employee well-being and how companies can support employees.

  • Audio: How do we cope with the collective trauma, and the sorrow and exhaustion from yet another senseless death at the hands of law enforcement? This extended NPR story was taped a few days after the murder of George Floyd.

  • Spotlight: Bebe Moore Campbell was an American author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate who worked tirelessly to shed light on the mental health needs of the Black community and other underrepresented communities.

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