While race related instances of PTSD are consistently ignored and overlooked, the consumption of racial violence as entertainment has become a lucrative industry – trauma sells; thus, the daily oppression of black and brown people has become a commodity, a cornerstone of popular culture. From a safe distance, white consumers (the primary demographic which directly benefits from and reproduces structural racism) are able to grab a box of popcorn and get comfortable in the theater of American society, watching the drama of black oppression unfold before them, whether it be in the form of music, film, television, news, or any other kind of media. As spectators, white people will never be able to appropriately leverage their privilege to dismantle institutionalized racism; in fact, choosing to be a spectator and consumer of racial trauma only translates to complicity. 

To be continued.