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Black Mental Health

What Is Racial Trauma In The Black Community?

February 7, 2018

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The Black Trauma

Racial trauma is real. I have learnt that people with privilege try very hard to discredit this concept. They seem to believe that saying continuous trauma to people of color is non-existent. For African Americans, the stark blatant denial is not just offensive, it is hurtful and regressive. It is a reminder to us that there are more than enough people out there that want to turn back the hands of time, and probably would if they could. An example of this is Mike Ditka’s recent statements. In case you don’t know who Mike Ditka is, he is former football player, coach, and commentator who has been inducted into both the college football and professional football hall of fame. When a person such as a Mike, who is well-renowned and respected, can make statements such as “There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of,” and “you have to be colorblind in this country…the opportunity is there for everybody,” from a platform such as his, there are lasting impacts, especially to the community’s history that is being denied. Only people with inherent privilege feel that being colorblind will solve problems. Race was built into the DNA of the United States due to how this country was built. In addition, race has been built in the DNA of many developed countries including the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, France. Racism is not only an American issue. Therefore, there are millions of blacks around the world that deal with prejudice and discrimination daily. What many people do not realize is that how we deal with social problems that plague our world and planet is a very clear determinant for where our future is headed. Discrimination of any kind is a human problem because it affects everyone on this planet.

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Spirituality

What Does God Do With Our Pain?

January 28, 2018

Photo by Sam Burriss on Unsplash

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55: 8 – 9

There are days when it seems like we are all alone in our pain. We feel like no one understands our burdens and the things we are going through. We feel isolated, pained, alone, and hopeless.

A few years back, I felt that way. I felt that my world was falling apart around me and God had chosen to punish me for something and He was not hearing my prayer. That had to be one of the lowest points in my life. The sheer terror of hopelessness breeds every negative feeling that can exist in our minds and in our bodies. I must admit that I stayed in that space for a long time and had no idea how to come out of it.

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