Understanding Transgenerational Trauma in 2020
Moment by moment I am constantly overwhelmed by the images of death, injustice, and pain.
I thought I understood what trauma was but now I am faced with an anger that floods me showing me the wound of my people.
I sit here and ponder my next move; should I scream, cry, or give up?
The world is telling me that I must understand that this too shall pass if we come together as one.
How will that help if my past is not acknowledged, my present is in jeopardy, and my future is not guaranteed?
All I want is to hug a loved one and feel the connection that has been replaced by virtual unmerited love due to Covid-19.
As one who feels persecuted, unheard, unloved, and unwanted I share my pain because I know I am not alone.
I must remember that our trauma connects us, but our hope empowers us to see beyond today and not give up on 2020 just yet.
Lisseth London is currently a doctoral student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois where she is enrolled in the International Psychology program. As an afro-Latina born in Panama City, Panama, her acculturation journey within the United States empowered her to pursue both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work. As her understanding of trauma increased, she grasped the importance of obtaining a doctoral degree dedicated to highlighting the international lens in trauma services and the benefits of a holistic approach.