23: Racial Trauma Counseling with Kyle J. Howard
When people hear “racial trauma,” a lot of things come to their mind. In this episode we sit down with Kyle J. Howard, a Biblical and racial trauma counselor in Atlanta and ask him to define “ racial trauma.” We walk through what this looks like on a practical level, how the Bible relates to it, and we even get his thoughts on The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel.
Passage of the day:
"I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I was saved from my enemies. The ropes of death were wrapped around me; the torrents of destruction terrified me. The ropes of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. I called to the Lord in my distress, and I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears." (Psalm 18:1-6, CSB).
7:38-16:32 - Kyle's journey from gang member to racial trauma counselor.
17:00-22:07 - Defining "racial trauma."
23:50-31:30 - How can people have racial trauma if they have never experienced slavery or Jim Crow?
32:54-38:30 - Is the term “white fragility” helpful or unhelpful?
39:50-47:20 - Does using the term “white” automatically create a negative connotation? Is using the term “white” and “black” mean we have given over to social conditioning ourselves?
48:12-56:04 - Counseling minorities who feel like they have assimilated.
58:02-1:03:35 - Addressing the charge of being a slanderer.
1:04:45-1:10:25 - “Just preach the gospel” and pursuing unity.
1:10:40-1:15:17 - Problems with the Statement on Social Justice.
1:16:08-1:19:14 - “Why are they trying to put me on a train I don’t want to be on?”
1:19:52-1:22:10 - Kyle’s perspective on the heart of the matter in the disagreements on social justice.
1:22:50-1:29:10 - Practical advice to people trying to engage with racial trauma.
Trauma healing, conciliation focus of racism forum by Diana Chandler
Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores by Diane Langberg
Theme music by: David Butler
Produced by: David Butler
Podcast design by: Jake Cannon
Additional consulting by: Nick Francis