The Weight of Trauma: Racial Profiling Has Lasting Effects


From St. Louis Public Radio: “A study from the Journal of Mental Health Counselling found that 81 percent of the African-Americans who reported racial discrimination were more likely to experience symptoms of PTSD.

Leon Sharpe, a human and organizational development specialist, agreed that trauma can have a powerful impact, especially when linked to racial profiling. He warned that the effects can be passed down through families.

‘There’s also the generational trauma that gets handed down from one generation to another in communities of color around experiencing racism,’ Sharpe said. ‘There needs to be continued work to address that.'”

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