WELCOME TO WHERE MY MIND AND WRITTEN WORDS COLLIDE. JOIN ME AS I EXPRESS MY THOUGHTS ON WELLNESS, SOCIAL ISSUES AND MORE. AT TIMES, I AM VERY RAW AS A WRITER WHICH MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR SOME TO DIGEST SO PLEASE BE MINDFUL.
Laqwanda Roberts-buckley, Social Justic Advocate
When it comes to the trauma of Black and Brown folks in America, it is generally recognized for a slight moment then immediately swept under the rug. It is brought to the forefront when it is needed to participate in the commercialization of culture and the exploitation of Black wealth during Black History Month. And let us not forgot the quick social media post that makes us seem “woke” but allows us to hide and ignore the injustices taking place in our personal communities. To say this plainly, Black and Brown trauma is talked about long enough for someone in White America to say “That happened a long time ago. Why are we still talking about this? Everything isn’t about race.” To make it plain, healing in America generally means, “We want ya’ll to stop talking about what we did to you.”
The fact of the matter is I had to shield myself in this Country for 4 years as nearly 50% of America agreed and cheered for the foolishness known as the Trump Presidency. The fact that some people are trying to push our trauma experience to the side is not shocking, but it is disappointing. There is a different kind of emotion when you realized that also most 50% of your fellow citizens voted for symbols of murder, oppression, discrimination, racism, and hatred.
These symbols created, harbored, and supported the trauma experienced by Black and Brown communities. We watched people die and people cheer their murderers being set free. We saw our people being pepper sprayed and tear gassed during peaceful protest. We listened to people justifying the use of force against us and watched the once Commander in Chief give a shoutout to a white supremacy terrorist group. LGBTQ+ Communities lived in fear of which rights would be stripped away while children were separated from their families. After all this, almost 50% of America still showed their support for the originators of this confused hate driven mess.
As mentioned before, my spirit is experiencing a cautious calm knowing the leadership in America has changed. However, America is in no position to tell me when my people should heal. Our abuser does not get to decide when we as a people should stop hurting especially when this Country is still hurting us. Healing is something that takes place within the Community without the abuser at the table.
Yes, I understand that President Biden is an ally, but he is the leader of a very divided Nation. Half of the Nation might stand with Black and Brown communities to fight social injustices, while the other half will applaud murderers if they are found not guilty. If America truly wants to help traumatized Communities, it will create an atmosphere that is safe for healing to take place such as passing inclusive policies, stop killing people for being Black & Brown, and hold passive White America accountable. While some look at America as on the path to being great again, I will beg to differ until this Nation genuinely acknowledge trauma it has inflicted upon all its people.