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'We are not in this together.' What one therapist wants Black America and white America to know.

Dr. Micheal Kane
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Dr. Micheal Kane

 

 

Dr. Micheal Kane is a clinical traumatologist, a practicing therapist with specialties in PTSD, racial identity, and depression. He's also Black, as are many of his clients.

All through the COVID-19 crisis, and now during the protests following the police killing of George Floyd, Kane has spent around 50 hours a week listening to his clients work through how they're dealing with the moment. And what's coming up is a lot of trauma. The trauma of simply being Black in America.

In this audio, Kane speaks about why a familiar, supposedly comforting refrain from the COVID-19 pandemic falls differently on Black ears, how he counsels his clients to think about their anger, and what he wants Black America and white America to know.

Posey Gruener is a former KNKX producer who worked on All Things Considered and Sound Effect.