Trauma Informed Care & people of colour

Race Reflections

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it” Zora Neale Hurston

There are different kinds of injuries. Not all pain is deemed legitimate. Oppression causes trauma. Amidst the (fairly) obvious, debates around what really constitutes trauma as laid out in criterion A of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) ‘s diagnosis for PTSD; are alive and well. Criterion A now requires that an individual has been “confronted with”: ‘death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence’ in order to qualify as trauma. In comparison to DSM-IV, the DSM-V notably includes sexual violence but not racial violence…troublingly evoking the fight for racial justice.

As a reminder, white woman were afforded the right to vote in both state and federal elections in 1920 but, it was only in 1954 that people of Asian heritage could vote and well into…

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