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Racism and Racial Trauma
As an adult, you know how people treated you was racist. And you want to know what to do with all the hurt you continue to experience.
For as long as you remember, you were always made to feel different. Your eyes, your hair, your skin colour, the food that you eat. They tell you that you’re not as good as them, that there’s something wrong with you. And it was so hard not to believe that.
So you learned to conform. And you learned to walk the world as someone else, because being you, being racialized, comes with consequences. And you would beat yourself up for being different, and doing something that other people might think is weird.
Over time, you learned to embrace your ethnicity and culture. But lately, you find that even your friends and family sometimes say hurtful racist things. Or you've been told you’re too white-washed. And it makes you feel sad, angry, and betrayed. And you have considered cutting those people out of your life.
Racism feels so inescapable. You may be overlooked for a promotion at work. Or people are just straight up condescending to you. And let’s not even get started on dating issues as a racialized person. Everywhere you go. It just won’t stop. And COVID-19? If you look remotely Asian, then you are at least somewhat vigilant, if not hypervigilant, while in public.
Finding a therapist has been tough too. You feel that your therapist does not understand your experience; or worse, you feel like they stereotype you and your culture. And you’re tired of having to explain and justify your lived experiences, and not having it recognized or understood.
F*k racism. You’re ready to take control of your identities, and explore all the possibilities that your unique life experiences has to offer.