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Love & Race

Although Black History Month and Valentine’s Day end in February, we cannot stop learning about the experience people of color continue to face and we especially cannot stop celebrating love in all its forms. Let’s take the time to highlight the intersection of race with what it means to love someone and how both concepts are an integral part of practicing prevention.

Racism has been so ingrained into our societal structures that interpersonal violence can be an entirely intersectional experience on its own. Along with the emotional trauma such violence can cause, the difficulty in finding resources and support systems that look like you or cater to your specific needs as a person of color can add to stress, confusion, difficulty understanding one’s trauma, and barriers to healing. The systemic issues that the Black community faces, whether it be financial or physical accessibility, can hinder that ability to seek healing or even promote positive prevention strategy.