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Month: June 2017

How Trevor Noah and Racial Profiling Broadened My Definition of Trauma

In July 2016, Minnesota police officer, Jeronimo Yanez fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop. Officer Yanez believed Mr. Castile fit the description of a robbery suspect. Officer Yanez was acquitted of all charges last week. However, newly released footage of the shooting has raised additional questions about the officer’s behavior.

Until today, my definition of “traumatic” hinged largely on concrete, definable harm. Trauma connects to events, links to horrific situations that embed themselves within us. However, after listening to the host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, discuss his reaction to the newest video, I discovered an entirely new meaning of the word.
In the following clip, you can see the video as well as listen to Trevor Noah’s comments. Give attention to the words of Diamond Reynolds, Philando Castile’s girlfriend, immediately after the shooting: