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.