When the effects of historical and cultural trauma are transferred through generations it is called intergenerational trauma. This relates to mental health among indigenous people as a whole, because all of the atrocities our ancestors faced have an impact on us today and how our brains wired.
Immigrant families in New Jersey and nationwide have been excluded from critical COVID-19 relief. As New Jersey and the rest of the country continue to have social distancing restrictions in place, a response that excludes immigrants and their families will undermine public health and the economic recovery.
Public benefit programs are racist. They are also essential. It is critical that we understand the history of the safety net in the United States because, without recognition of past and present harm, we run the serious risk of complicity in upholding systems of white supremacy.
While the U.S. Supreme Court recently made it unlawful for employers to discriminate against LGBTQ+ workers based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, organizations still have to go the extra mile to assure community members are being included, appreciated, and feel safe.
As advocates seek to hold the president and his administration accountable for their dangerous law and order agenda, Congress must also act. Policymakers can support the safety of people of color by shifting resources from policing to programs that help all communities thrive.