Police in a standoff with riot gear on and an urban landscape behind them

'In our DNA': Police violence, racism plague Black maternal health

May 13, 2021


Police violence and racism in general can be insidious threats to a Black woman's reproductive health, damaging her own well-being and possibly even the DNA of her children, growing research shows. Transgenerational trauma – defined as trauma that passes through generations – has long been documented in descendants of enslaved people, refugees and Holocaust survivors.