I'll be honest... i didn't understand the looting and fires until
I reached out and asked many people questions... but i get it
now- and if you are still struggling to understand it, please
Here's my take on the riots in Minneapolis. As a teacher,
when a student wrecks a classroom, throws things,
breaks things, slams things, and completely melts down.
That's called trauma. We're supposed to respond by
standing with that child, love that child, and working to
heal. What is happening in Minneapolis and has
happened in other places, to me, is an act of trauma. A
kind trauma that no white person in America can fathom.
A kind of trauma that's source is deep, evil, and
generational. It stems from slavery, oppression, torture,
and a long standing hate. George Floyd's murder is a
clear martyr of this reality. The reaction is trauma. Why
wouldn't we respond by standing with black people,
loving black people, and working hand and hand with our
black communities in order to heal.
Black Lives Matter.
Black Trauma Matters.