Yesterday’s conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd delivered justice and a measure of relief for many.
But Black Americans who witness such violence through the news and social media endure lingering mental health effects.
The Latest Evidence: A PNAS study found that from 2013–2017 during weeks marked by prominent incidents of anti-Black violence, Black Americans reported poorer mental health—while white Americans did not.
Seeing footage of Floyd’s demise replayed in open court—and the defense’s justification of Chauvin—brought its own stressors, Wizdom Powell, director of the University of Connecticut's Health Disparities Institute, told CBS This Morning.
Now is the time to reckon with this pain, Powell says—as historical trauma can be passed down through generations, and can take the form of low self-esteem, substance misuse, and depression.
For families of all races and ethnicities, children must be a key part of this process, he says.
The Quote: “We can’t hide the truths of what we’re experiencing in this moment from them. Be direct, be age-appropriate, be loving, and most of all listen with a third ear,” observing how children are behaving in response to this moment, says Powell.