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LISTEN: How to process the emotions of this moment as people strive for racial justice

John Gaines is a Tacoma-based mentor and motivational speaker.
Courtesy of John Gaines
John Gaines is a Tacoma-based mentor and motivational speaker.

Ongoing protests against police brutality are bringing much needed attention to racism in America. But all that attention can take a huge mental toll.

"As men, especially as Black men, we don't do a good enough job of talking about mental health," said John Gaines.

Gaines is a Tacoma-based motivational speaker and mentor who works primarily with young Black men. He spoke with KNKX's Simone Alicea about how he is thinking about this moment. Listen to their conversation above. 

A Seattle native and former knkx intern, Simone Alicea has returned to the Pacific Northwest from covering breaking news at the Chicago Sun-Times. She earned her Bachelor's of Journalism from Northwestern University. During her undergraduate career, she spent time in Cape Town, South Africa, covering metro news for the Cape Times.
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