George Floyd, George, Minneapolis discussed on Into America

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The pain that you're seeing is traumatic. It is an indicator of the trauma that the people who are testifying are experiencing at that time and you could almost hear the guttural sounds of the people who were weeping. Are the shut. Off of emotions flowing as people were talking clinical psychologist bravado garrett consign you refers to herself as a black liberation psychologists. Dr be runs the african american wellness institute. She's based in minneapolis where witnesses have poured from themselves on the stand of the hennepin county. Courthouse trauma what it does to us. It takes us to a very deep place where we've had previous wounds so it kind of latches onto previous traumatic experiences and because of media and the ability to actually see real time victims like we saw tamir rice getting shot we saw flambeau casteel getting shot so we actually have borne. Witness is if we were there and we saw of course. George floyd with neonates nick. So what you're seeing is not just current day trauma but actually the impact of historical trauma simultaneously when you mentioned. Historical nature of the kind of trauma and paying the black folks have experienced. Can't help but think about the lynchings and the public nature of of not just death a witnessing that kind of violence violent death and i wonder as we kind of look at what we're seeing now not just the spectacle of floyd's defeat but then the spectacle of this trial is being broadcast all across the country and everyone is seeing this. How does the public nature of all this play into it. What it does is reinforces. The experience of the day. Said they saw him die. In so publicly we are vicariously experiencing the same traumatic reaction that individuals who are on the child testifying where we're seeing it and because we are black folks. Will we see someone else experiencing trauma. We see them as brothers and sisters. We are a collective group so our abridging behaviors and our sense of self is based on communal and collective values where many dominant culture people. Have you know individualistic culture. So when we see something happened to one of us we automatically go to this place. That could be my son. That could be my brother. That could be me. That could be my husband. We go to that space and for once it's like children and adults and elders are experiencing that deep centered. Pain that others are witnessing. And when you see it if you have humanity even if you're not a black person if you have humanity you can see what has happened to us as a people you talk about the kind of communal nature of grief and grieving and pain and trauma. And i wanna play this clip of darnell frazier the young lady who stood up so bravely and filmed every moment of this ordeal. This play this clip of frazier talk on the back end. When i look at george floyd i look at look at my dad. Look at my brothers. Get my cousins uncles. because they are all black. I have lab black father. I have a black brother have friends. I look at that. And i look at how that could have been one of them. It's been nights stayed up apologizing and apologize to george floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting in not saying is like. That's hard for me to listen to such a young woman and again during the court proceedings. They actually didn't even show the faces of the youth right. There were too young to show their faces but they were also old enough to witness this kind of public killing right. This violence has been so public when you hear this young woman wrestling through her emotions. What are you thinking. I'm thinking she's traumatized and she's she's taking responsibility for something that isn't hers to take. She's trying to rework in her mind whom we have trauma we try to rework. How could have done it differently. What could i have done. I should've could've but but somehow in her spirit that courage that it that required to hold that videotape was the best that she could do not just for him but for the community in for the world she bore witness to something that was ugly that we as black people have been experiencing for four hundred years. She shown a light. She turned up the volume on what we see. In many of us we know through microaggressions and threats in systemic racism braces policies that we see a threat to our lives every day every day. What we do is black folks. We inner space and we'd take a cultural inventory of how many of us are there. How safe my in this space. And when she was talking about the difficulty though the trauma of dreaming it thinking about it in her sleep trying to make sense of it all of that. Lets us know that she's going to have to have some professional support to heal because one of the things we use when we work with youth is something called trauma focus cognitive behavioral therapy to help them work through in their heads and in their hearts what they're seeing into make meaning of it for them so she's got to come to a place of meaning making for why was there. That's faith while was out there at that time. Because for she witnessed in the others what they witnessed. Things should have to see and especially child when you think about the idea of trying to help my child or young person unpack would they witnessed and whether it's a high profile case like this. A police state violence this community. Violence family violence young people bear disproportionate burden of that. Because they just. They're just so young. What's at stake here. What do we risk. If we're not arming. Young people with the tools to handle this trauma or at least aiding them in in healing that trauma..

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