Should we stop posting the video of George Floyd’s murder?

When we talk about racism it’s really important to understand the difference between Intention and Impact. It goes like this: We may INTEND to be a good person, but what we do may impact someone badly; so, we say, Impact is more important than Intention.

Intention

police brutality against minorities is an ongoing reality

Police kill, on average, more than 300 black Americans each year in the US, twenty-five percent of whom are unarmed. Past protests have not changed those numbers.

Gruesome videos can push people to be “woke” to an issue that desperately needs support.

we have one America but two worlds

A 2016 Pew Research survey reports that when participants were asked whether they agreed with the statement “black Americans are treated less fairly than whites in the country by police officers,” 50% of white Americans said they agreed, while 84% of black Americans agreed. When asked if they believed black Americans were treated less fairly than white Americans in court, 43% of white people agreed while 75% of black people agreed.

The video may help to bring clarity to the white Americans community that doesn’t understand the world in which black Americans live.

Impact

we are traumatizing the traumatized

Sharing a video of a black man dying creates trauma for the black community in a way that it doesn’t for other communities.

PTSD for black men

A 2018 study by the University of Connecticut found that nonwhite Americans experience PTSD at a higher rate than white people, a phenomenon largely considered to occur due to racism.

The sharing of this type of content further contributes to this issue, according to psychiatrist Danielle Hairston, the president of the American Psychiatric Association’s Black Caucus.

“There’s a correlation between racism and psychological distress amongst black Americans,” Hairston told Insider. “Seeing these images over and over can result in things like anxiety, fear, anger, worthlessness, humiliation, interpersonal sensitivity, traumatization, feeling triggered — all of these things that we would typically really associate with something like a traumatic disorder.”

“You can acknowledge outrage, you can acknowledge anger, you can acknowledge ‘I’m wanting to be an ally.’ You can acknowledge wanting to bring attention to this. You can do all of that without reposting a video like this, a constant reel,” Hairston said.

the already traumatized community

Alisha Moreland-Capuia, executive director of Oregon Health & Science University’s Avel Gordly Center for Healing said, “The emotional and psychological impact of racism means acutely, every day, being reminded that you are not enough, being reminded that you are not seen, being reminded that you are not valued, being reminded that you are not a citizen, being reminded that humanity is not something that applies to you.”

How much black pain has already been on display yet we still have a “Central Park Amy” calling the police on a black bird watcher?

And, when was the last time you watched a video of a white man being killed? Two standards being applied, perhaps?

maybe more importantly….

People who are NOT of color should look inward. Check out these questions posed to you by a former Teach for America instructor in West Philadephia.

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