People of color can be traumatized by events that may include:
- Racial profiling and police violence
- Workplace discrimination and harassment
- Community violence
- Distressing medical experiences
- Difficult immigration experiences
- Ethnic cleansing and torture
What does racial trauma look like?
- Fear or hypervigilance
- Helplessness and/or powerlessness
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Recurring thoughts or images of the event
- Body aches
What causes racial trauma?
While racial trauma is not a specific diagnosis, some of the symptoms are similar to those of other types of trauma survivors. If you are a person of color and exhibiting any of the following symptoms after witnessing or being the victim of a racist encounter, your body may be responding to a racial trauma: