A conversation with Black women: Racial trauma: Part 4

ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts leads a candid conversation with Yvette Simpson, Dr. Leah Wright-Rigueur and Angela Yee about the effect of racial trauma in minority communities.
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100 thing we were gonna talk about and we talked about earlier rallies and protests have been at the forefront of movements calling for a change from black lives matter. And the women's march to protest just all around the country people across races in generations have really ramp up their calls for action so. Back to all of you now we were talking earlier off camera and I talked about having an eighteen year old son. And I have to tell you I think that is so much of what happening you talked about the George Floyd incident when it did for you. I look at my son sometimes and I'm just Ike and almost moved to tears thinking about. How vulnerable he is I mean always knew that but I think more than ever in this world. If it's talk art sometimes immediate even just sort of talk about you know having young black man because I think people family and friends of my colleagues have gone I actually reported on that story for ABC news coming some clients have never even knew and never thought that that was something that you wouldn't think about. In your life so you talked about how colleagues hate you so hard you look in the Isaac here. Brothers are fathers are you know husbands in the this. And possible I mean I guess that it was hard for me that benefit you have been in this work. For years and this is not the first time as we know this has happened you'd this is not the first time a black man or black woman has been killed opinions and an officer right in front of how this one just hit different everybody that I talked to said that this is different because typically sought to race any animosity watching it together so I remember when I got a notice from one of our movement partner says that the video have been released and I knew that he died. But when I watched it I kept thinking this isn't going to happen somebody's gonna stop it. You know he's gonna like get up I literally physically wanted to pull him up and when number one stop this please stop it. And it didn't stop mound last night and told watch that means they know how many people didn't look it. And I watched the man he murdered right in front of me it it it is trauma. It is trauma. Pummeling your face it it still hits me hard. It really does and I think that the nation broke mean you think about what came out terror the largest. Global. You know multi racial collection of protests across. Our country there's across our world I think is even bigger than what we saw in the sixties because of how. Internationally. Was and I think there was this moment there with a fever pitch that with it and I think part of it is we were all forced to sit and watch it we can go see a game or distract ourselves with worker. Any of that because of the pandemic and I think that's that's some interesting juxtaposition of that like wicked this had happened in a different time. When we were able to just distract ourselves and keep moving would we have had that moment. But I'm glad that we have to face it I think it's really important in this country for folks to really realize. What black and brown people in this country deal with at the hands of law enforcement and it was insisting because it always happens. You know Leo probably reflect on it's true that professor then all of my wife princess Diane. Okay what should I do it that you can't get pressure nice don't well let us I don't have a list of things for you to do there's not a list the books reader read you yes there are some business as you can support in charities but what you have to do. Is you have does it starts with do you. Fix yourself think short elite top two. Your family have the conversation. And I was telling thumbing my friends that I gave you a list of things to do think he'd be done lives work is never have done on what you have to do is you have to say. I am not more valuable. Then someone else because the color my skin and teach everybody you know that in May be. Just may be the world will be different for for your son in your your future grandchildren may be for her for all of. To acknowledged also that privilege and I think so many people bristle let that idea privileged. Was it heartening to see the multitude of people who were protesting the different hues and shades of people from all walks of life. You know I must say why says because act like we had conversations about these reform that never would of the lack. That this kind to they have we've been saying it let people have been saying if ever before laconic capping making Manning and protesting police brutality and what I your protesting America loved this is part of America but it's really just please mentality he was protesting. That is that was being protesting because Pete didn't believe it. Made diet. That really just making things happen Blondie that it reports in and it's not like that and they had to see happen at this people who still are right now we need you know stronger police departments that we've had conversations now. Defund the police and things like that and things have packed in with. You know banning day choke holds and things have happened and Fran Rihanna Taylor left on to explain that weren't even thought about. But the protest when it when a talk about the protest because. While they have been affected I think everybody would agree they've been affected they have not been without some criticism of course we know there has been some violence and has been sparked at some of them. On the black lives matter moniker to some people. You know evokes something that is you know aggressive in militant pan to protest and at a turning point now. Overall absolutely absolutely so. I think 88 I one I like to revisit a couple of things in and really think about that some think about why George Floyd he hit so hard. And hit so hard and that's something we can't discount 26 million people. Great at last count across the world of all races a multi racial will mean even the civil rights movement. Isn't a multiracial movement in this respect and so there's something about and I think part of it is that the nation hasn't finished morning Aman. And then we get hit with George Floyd and me watch that as a country together and locked down every excruciating eight minutes 46 seconds right we watch that all together. And we can project onto it. What we're feeling and what we're feeling about the state of America. So certainly George Floyd is being you know Minneapolis when he's murdered. He's looking for work because of unemployment and underemployment he is coping nineteen in his lungs when he dies he is failed like every single aspect of this state and by politicians. But policy makers but the institution of the police. And so well when landing over twenty dollar bill to listen again I had exactly possibly putting out big and I and I think what ends up happening is that there's this huge explosion. And certainly the majority of these protest movement toward I think 93%. Of these protests are peaceful protests that actually results. In concrete reform and I think Patrice Kalus points this out. It also blacklist matter turns into a voter registration. Project so they managed to have engagements with the millions of people over ten million people between June and between November of 20/20. So they get the work done. And I think the important thing to remember here is that they are not protesting about restricting rights. They are all about inclusion and expanding democracy so they are protesting peacefully protesting over the failures of the American government it's very very different. From what we see on January 6. Which is something. I was on the whole entirely there was a hole in the event brought up something that was interesting now in it is sort of the conversation with our white friends. And you know I'm the kind of person only secondary come on come on and I you know I noted there are people TJ Holmes hears it I'm just exhausted by one media hello. I had a lot of friends calling and they want it they met while they want to know what can I do I want you to know that I care. And I says come on and I appreciated but. How could you reacted to that because I I do feel that people a lot of people people were not of color mean well but they don't know. How to even begin these conversations and what to do. You know I think first of all you know one of the things that I saga and the protest was beautiful was this acknowledgment of white privilege you solve white protesters flanking black protesters because they knew that if they stood between. Themselves from the police the police and the protesters police would not hurt them and you saw the moms come out raced on a day has come of the white moms come out in. And they they started to move in protest rate is so this idea of white privilege and so what I talked of my friends and family and tell them have been you know multi racial family myself of my husband's gambling. If you have a privilege Howard you gonna use it do not about a book report. Not about supporting a black business yes do all of that. But how were you going to acknowledge that you have a privilege just by your whiteness. Big you can use it says the advantage of black people to make our country back as I think when you start to talk to people I did a lot of speeches a lot of it. Then called little organizations and people read after that because people wanted to have a conversation and we did and when I said something about it starts with you. Then it started people realize it's really not a book report it's not you doing this other thing if it's you changing yourself in acknowledging you have this privilege and know that that's not okay issue raising your children. To say you're you're not more valuable than a black person and because of the color your skin your value with who you are with you contribute how you treat people. Talking to your coworkers when you hear those jokes when you hear the foolishness challenging them it was really funny because my husbands nieces. Became these war your play. I'm sorry. Actually people like they were they put black lives not a signs in their yards they're neighbors they're in very very white communities. We're we're fighting with them they were battling back they were cut people off like look like me and my here he nightly look at the highs. And so I think that when people see it that they have this power. To make in themselves. To make the world better about how they navigate the world by seeing it not ignoring it and also using your proof. Lead to help someone else there was a great little video on ins to Graham of these little kids seasonal white kids like maybe six or seven of them in some suburb of Seattle Washington something. And they were walking through that there suburb with the kid oh. I didn't even one. Consume huge plume. Frist I'm from the south from the deep south and from Georgia. And I have a a lot of difference a lot of weight friends who I have great relationships with that we don't routinely have conversations about race. And I think for a lot of people it is very tough because they don't want to think that they're racist they want to think that they aren't good well meaning people in most of demark. So that conversation. Is very thoughtful a lot of people just because they by nature of it feel sort of accused. That I mean people do have to do research costs I don't think people succumbed to you and say what can I do to black people on this a recent six. Even out that way you know what you're doing I'm doing this I'm feeling that will let more I don't I don't Hillary. Are an asset that we meanwhile. A polite thank you if you could. Let's say and then you studies collaboration and hiring diversity and inclusion people and drying my knee at. Did mandate it they feel like that's an app that Wes Moore is to empower other people. So when you see something in the way Clayton school you know just like you as saying decimation that to speak out about it educate people. When you need to and sometimes you might have to get a robot. There you go and open your eyes to to the idea what's in your own orbit and you know if you see a room this just filled with. Mostly white folks only one black person maybe you should actually think like her should be a little bit more later and then we'll suing over there has.

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