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Social and cultural traumas facing Blacks have lasted for centuries. Blacks have had to endure excessive amounts of trauma that has lasted centuries and are hardwired into our psyche. These built-in emotional, cultural, spiritual, racial, and mental traumas have shaped our histories. These traumas our beliefs, values, and our strengths and weaknesses.
When we say that black mental health is a necessity, we mean that we must be mindful of our histories on our current circumstances. Our past hurts and traumas lingers in our minds, bodies, emotions, and psyche. The late Maya Angelou said it best, “I come as one but stand as ten thousand,” because our souls are filled with the pain of the past hurts and continued triggers we still deal with.