Russell Wangersky: Riding the trauma bandwagon – The Chronicle Herald

Warning: some may find this column triggering.

They probably shouldn’t.

I started thinking about this when I read about an incident at a writers’ festival in Vancouver, where an Indigenous speaker was verbally confronted by an audience member.

What stuck with me was a line in the Globe and Mail about the scene from a writer who was there: “The room became immediately traumatized by all of this.”

Well, probably not. Some were probably offended, others uncomfortable, some maybe even confused. Some, for whom the open conflict may have gotten piled onto old scars, may well have been traumatized.

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