Racial Trauma Resources

What is Racial Trauma?

Racial trauma is the term used to describe the emotional and physical reaction People of Color often have to acts of racism. People of Color may react to acts of racism with fear and hypervigilance, headaches, insomnia, body aches, memory difficulty, self-blame, confusion, shame, and guilt after experiencing racism. The more often you experience acts of racism, the more profound these symptoms can be.

Why is important to learn about racial trauma?

The power of acknowledgment and validation. As a Person of Color, you may find yourself having a very difficult time feeling calm, feeling safe, feeling empowered when you are reminded of the racial injustices in our world. Knowing that you are not alone and that this reaction is warranted and normal can help. There is not “right” way of processing or reacting to racial trauma. But, the first step is learning about it.

What related resources can I find on this site?

You will find many resources to help validate the experience racial trauma, learn about intergenerational trauma and the potential impact of repeated experiences of racism. You will also find resources that will help you feel calm, feel empowered and feel safe despite the consistent reminders of racial injustice. The Counseling Center is here to offer continual support with hopes that you find this list helpful.

As always, if you would like to meet with a counselor to talk more about racial trauma or feel triggered by any of these resources please contact the BMCC Counseling Center at counselingcenter@bmcc.cuny.edu and we can provide additional support through counseling.

Resources for Black-identified Individuals and Communities

Individual Counseling and Crisis Lines