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Ohio State hosts ‘Managing the Trauma of Race’ event

College students told being black, an immigrant or a refugee is ‘traumatic’

A recent event held at Ohio State University taught students, particularly African Americans, strategies for “self care, community responsibility and activism.”

The event, “Managing the Trauma of Race,” sought to mitigate the trauma the African American community faces from individual, systemic and institutional racism, according to organizers.

The school’s Multicultural Center website states that black Americans are “bombarded” with racism and that it “leads individuals to experience trauma on a daily basis.”

Among attendees were approximately 35 students, members from the NAACP Chapter at Ohio State, and Kim Brazwell, a social justice advocate, writer and consultant.

Brazwell, who led the workshop, has worked for 13 years as an advocate for “equity and inclusion, experimental learning, engagement management, mission integration and process improvement efforts,” according to her LinkedIn profile.

At the beginning of the event, held last Wednesday, Brazwell asked attendees what came to mind when they heard the word “trauma.” Among the answers were PTSD, exhaustion, apprehensiveness, profiling, stereotypes, bullying, and fear, according to a College Fix reporter who attended the event.

Brazwell also discussed the privilege of “numbness.” According to her, the privilege of numbness is not knowing someone else’s experiences simply because they are a different sex or race.

Brazwell went on to outline her “Misfit Matrix,” which consists of trauma, fear, the 4 Fs — fight, flight, fawn and freeze — and disconnect.

She defined trauma as a “deeply distressing experience.” The trauma could’ve been tied to race, ability, class or nationality. The trauma then boils over to fear which she described as “surviving the trauma.” She cautions that although someone may have survived the trauma, they become hypervigilant to things that remind them of the trauma they went through.

Next, Brazwell’s 4 Fs — fight, flight, fawn and freeze — were defined as psychological behavior changes as a result of the trauma. She also stated that as a result of the behavioral change, there is a feeling of disconnect from parts of their personal or professional life. This disconnect has detrimental implications on their life. She says that this matrix will continue until the trauma is addressed.

She is also the author of “Browning Pleasantville,” a book that which is about “predominantly white institution’s reaction to the ‘browning’ of its attitudes, interests, and motives toward the diverse groups of people within its care-including its newly hired administrator who must decide whether to remain an activist or become a ‘token’ within an unchanged community,” according to the book’s online description.

Each chapter in the nonfiction book addresses different microaggressions Brazwell has faced and how she dealt with them.

One of her self-proclaimed strengths is “translation between various identities and power levels for more culturally responsive systems,” according to her LinkedIn page.

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About the Author
Amanda Tidwell attends The Ohio State University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in economics. She served as a College Fix/Student Free Press Association journalism fellow at The Daily Caller in the summer of 2017.

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  • Mr. Deplorable

    Is that a tranny in that picture at the top? Is she/he suffering the trauma of Gender Confusion?

    • Ralph Davis

      He / She got hit by the Ugly Train and sat up for every car

  • That Guy

    Tramatic to know your college will be free and exceptance is guaranteed. and any cake walk government job will be handed to you.

  • That Guy

    The male/female teaching must be easy if you get to make everything up. That chart is hilarious. Anyone whose major is anything taught in that class will be completely useless.

  • david smith

    Actually, what’s ‘traumatic’ is being robbed, raped or killed by black, an immigrant or a refugee.

    • suerobb

      Exactly. I find that most of the black protests are about our unwillingness to accept bad behavior committed by blacks.

      • jayme

        We accept the majority of all overall crime is by white people who are ten times LESS likely to be jailed than Blacks. We accepted white privilege that caused the second great Republican depression and elite white privileged men lied to invade a country that did nothing to us, killing up to two million innocent civilians. The right wing accepts a pathological, life long racist and sexual assaulting white president.
        Double standards much, Dust Bunny?

  • david smith

    “The event, “Managing the Trauma of Race,” sought to mitigate the trauma the African American community faces from individual, systemic and institutional racism, according to organizers.”

    If they want to see really experience Trauma instead of this snowflake BS they are lying about here, they should all move back to the “African” continent they hyphenate their names with. They have had actual slavery that has existed there for over 3000 years and still does. Some nations entire economies were based on slavery there.

  • Joe Blow

    “Brazwell, who led the workshop, has worked for 13 years as an advocate for “equity and inclusion, experimental learning, engagement management, mission integration and process improvement efforts,” according to her LinkedIn profile.” She spent the last 13 years race hustling, lowlife promotion, dumbing down education and BS flinging

  • TxMedRgr

    Did she mention in which countries in the world Blacks, immigrants and refugees have a better chance of living safe, comfortable and free lives than in the U.S.? Hint, there is none.

  • chocopot

    These are very sick people…

  • David Bradshaw

    rap music and ghetto violence explained at last…..