Race-induced trauma, antiracism, and radical self-care

Roberta Waite, Kechi Iheduru-Anderson

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Being racialized as Black in the United States has contributed to this population having to operate with a level of race-induced trauma, especially those who are darkly melanated. Historically, Black persons have been terrorized into colonization, and the cultural psychology of anti-Blackness has been entrenched in our society. Through the practice of racialization, the historical, social, and political processes of constructing racial identities and meanings have impacted the formation of understanding of the body and the rationalization of hierarchy. In addition, the internalization of these ideas of hierarchy and difference within power/knowledge relations that they (re)produce is pervasive among people in the United States. This article aims to explicitly highlight racism as trauma, address the relevance of radical self-care when disrupting anti-Black racism, and consider steps to promote trauma responsiveness when incorporating these practices.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12501
JournalNursing Inquiry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2022


  • nursing practice
  • racism
  • social justice


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