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We are not used to being allowed to acknowledge that pain.

From within our communities, there is pressure to push past it in pursuit of success.

From without, the pressure to not admit it for fear of being dismissed as exploiting victimization.

For someone to see and care...
There is a deep pragmatism in the words and sentiments of our elders who tell us that we do not have time to wallow in the pain of injustice but that we must push on lest we fall even farther behind

But this pragmatism still leaves little space to deal with trauma

Which exists
Even before you get to how toxic masculinity prevents Black boys and men from expressing themselves.

How Black girls and women must accept being "strong" at all times.

We still have the raging current of injustice to swim against while needing to address its effects
The inaccessibility of quality mental health care in Black communities only compounds this inability to unpack and address trauma, leaving Black people to their own devices within their limited resources.
Within the context of educational success, it becomes difficult for Black students to honestly name and address their pain and anxiety because in addition to their course loads there is also an unrelenting pressure to justify that they belong there rather than some white kid.
Admitting stress or pain or anxiety or trauma is tantamount to admitting that you can't hack it as well as white kids, or that you need some special accommodation to perform as well and that this would prove your unworthiness for the spot.

You are at fault for racial trauma.
It can be transformational and cathartic to even be asked the question of how racial trauma affects you, and to be allowed to answer... and then to receive SUPPORT?

It is overwhelming for many Black students.
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