Preserving Black Excellence by Understanding Trauma Based Responses and Learning how to Effectively

When I think of Black Excellence, I think of our strength and resilience, but those same characteristics can be viewed as defiant and aggressive by those who do not understand our internal and external struggles. For centuries African Americans have been treated as less than equal, whether it is due to slavery, systematic oppression, or social injustice. The by-product of that can cause generations of “Trauma-Based Responses” (mentioned as TBR’s going forward).

TBR’s are initial reactions to trauma such as tiredness, confusion, sadness, anxiety, agitation, hopelessness, dissociation, and anger just to name a few. Imagine these feelings being passed down from one generation to the next without anyone ever getting the proper help they needed.

Interestingly enough most people don’t even realize they are responding from a place of hurt, because everyone around them may respond that way too and rightfully so. We tend to emulate what we are exposed to. What exactly does Trauma have to do with Black Excellence? Despite black people having to experience racism, police brutality, and social injustice we are still able to bounce back with resilience and strength, and band together to speak up for our fallen brothers and sisters.

Black Excellence is happening throughout the world, even in the midst of TBR’s. The media is showing the looting and violence happening, but there is always more than meets the public eye.  There are peaceful protests happening, black communities gathering together to clean and help rebuild businesses, and black-owned businesses being patronized to keep the black dollar circulating.

We still have a long way to go to begin to heal from all that has and continues to happen to us as a race of beautiful black people. One of the most important things we can do to preserve our Black Excellence is not just acknowledging we are hurting, but to actively and effectively start the healing process. We must first take care of our Mental Health by seeking professional help (Make the Therapist Bae..LOL). Then start implementing daily self-care routines, journaling, prayer/meditation, unplugging from social media, resting, eating well, exercising, and spending quality time with loved ones, just to name a few.

Once we start our healing journey, unpack all the layered on trauma, then we can start to be more proactive than reactive.

Signing off, Listiner Inspires

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