Such trauma is also impossible to track since transgenerational trauma pre-supposes that whites have nothing to do with that trauma. To understand what blacks have endured is to expose the history of whites in America, as well as their continued behavior and interference in the progress of blacks. It’s like telling your therapist of your abuse, but never mentioning your abusers.
I've enjoyed this exchange as well. :-)
Kindra J. F.
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That’s very well said and also a reason I believe why black people who do not seek mental health care (which of course like you said research shows black people do not seek out professional care as often as white people). Another disgraceful study just came out like in the past few weeks which showed black and poor clients seeking services from new therapists were less likely to get a call back. My internship to earn my MSW was at Southwest Detroit Community Mental Health Center, and I saw several black clients there. It came at a time when social work was having its cultural competence awakening of the 1990s. There was a critical mass of disenfranchised minorities (e.g. GLBT, poor, black, Asian) entering the field calling out for better services so that every student was required to take a multiculturalism class.

This doesn’t mean everything got better or is better today necessarily compared to the 1990s. I taught that multiculturalism class three times and there were lots of white people far from woke, and others struggling with their own biases — especially against seeing where institutions being oppressive was the problem of all white people — back in the 2000s, and I don’t see the world that much improved 10 years later.

All this is to say, should a black person seek treatment for trauma, they are going to find black therapists hard to find and white therapists with varying abilities to handle historical trauma.

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