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Watching Videos Of Police Brutality Can Traumatize You, Especially If You’re Black

Wednesday, September 21, 2016Brother Mustafaa

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"It’s normal to feel sadness, anger and despair after watching a violent video. Research suggests that repeated viewing of terrorism news coverage can lead to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, especially in people who are already prone to react physically to stress or have prior exposure to violence. Scholarship also shows that racism can have a traumatizing effect on its victims. 
So it’s not too big a stop to think that all these police brutality videos may be especially damaging to the mental health of African-Americans.
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