Society is in the midst of an important conversation. The death of George Floyd put all eyes on Minneapolis and sent shockwaves throughout the world.
Now more than ever, we have been confronted with the ugly truths about our country. Many Americans are awakening to the injustice in our country that Black Americans have never had the option of ignoring.
Black parents are carrying a heavy load right now. They are processing the trauma of systemic racism in real time as everyone discusses what they already knew. They relive that trauma with every name that becomes a hashtag, and all the ones that don’t.
Then they have to look at their Black children and figure out a course of action. Is it time for the talk? What have they seen? What do they fear? The rewarding aspects of nurturing children can quickly turn challenging, especially when trauma is involved. Make no mistake — racism in even its most micro-aggressive forms is trauma.
Mental health is a subject historically ignored in the Black community. Thankfully, that conversation has opened in recent years, creating change. As Black parents cope with emotionally exhausting and heavy work, it’s important to take time for their mental health. You’re pouring a lot into your children right now. Make sure you’re not pouring from an empty cup by checking out these resources.