Racial conflict, violence and trauma: why race dialogues are critical to healing

Adam Alvarez, Daniel Tulino

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In this essay, we aim to enrich the racial discourses we engage in with people across various fields and political spheres by focusing on the intersection of institutional violence and trauma. Whereas others view race-based scholarship and discourses as unnecessarily political, divisive and threatening, we contend that centering race in our work can facilitate a shift in our collective consciousness and work to reduce human suffering across multiple geographies and identity spaces. We begin by discussing trauma and racial conflict. By starting here, we hope to attend to the contentious nature of race and whiteness. Then, we share three discursive sites regarding violence, which, for us, are important points of political discourse. Finally, we spur (y)our imaginations by discussing three ways to address sources of human suffering through healing acts of collective, critical resistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1487-1495
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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