The last video on generational trauma got me thinking about a greater issue as we address anti-racism. It never helps a person to point out their weak points and say, "this is due to your trauma." You cannot say to a person "you have been traumatized." When we do anti-racism work, especially in schools, we need to address all the folks in the room, not just the white people. We cannot afford to be diagnosing generational PTSD willy-nilly without also actively practicing trauma-informed care.
We just need to agree that nearly every person we meet carries some sort of trauma, and act accordingly. We need to understand that different traumas require different approaches and that is okay. The conversation you have about anti-racism with a black child whose parent is in jail will be different from the anti-racism conversation you have with a white child whose parent is a therapist and that will be different from the conversation you have with the white child who was molested by their parent's black spouse. I've been having conversations with all three of these children individually. But when you have all of these children in one classroom, it gets tricky.
We need more than just anti-racism information, we need actively trauma-informed approaches to these conversations.