Thank you for helping me understand why I don’t want to watch “When They See Us.” Even before my son was born, I purposely stayed aware of as much of the Black experience as I could. Somehow I have managed to resonate with Black trauma beyond the screen. I resonate so much, that I can be triggered. But without film and television portrayals of Black suffering, some White people could, indeed, never get the impact of the ongoing stress and danger Black people experience. However, as you point out, these can be shown without the trauma porn aspect. The most powerful example of this I have experienced is the death of the character portrayed by Richard Pryor in “Lady Sings The Blues.” It happened mostly offscreen, but his vocal performance sticks with me to this day.

Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist. Leans Left. Mindfulness practioner before it was cool. M.Ed., LPC.

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