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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Is it real or is it an excuse?
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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is a theory. It was researched, developed and named by Dr. Joy Degruy Leary (2005) in her widely popular book by the same name. Her book explains that there are many people that exhibit symptoms in this syndrome. Dr. Leary (2005) documented Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and its effects on African American children. Leary (2005) opened the door to understand how the disorder pervasively manifests in children who carry the generational curse of vacant self-esteem, ever-present anger and racist socialization into schools and communities.Leary (2005) stated that these three symptoms account for much of the troubles existing in the daily lives of African American children. Leary (2005) stated that drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy, sexual exploitation, gangs and street violence can be traced back to the experience of slavery and the aftermath of emancipation where methods and practices of racist socialization maintained the white privilege to the detriment of African American people.
Leary (2005) explains that African American children who descended from slaves live within the shadows of slavery. They have limited avenues of escape; this is especially true for those children born in poverty. Her text describes poor living conditions that are coupled with mass media focus on white supremacy in the American culture. This continues to build self anger, lack of respect for self and others. Leary (2005) discusses how African American children are raised to hate themselves as a result of the preponderance of mass media messages that demean African American people.
There is also a well known letter written to slave masters by fellow slave owner Willie Lynch. He wrote the letter in 1719. In the letter he clearly outlined a psychological process to annihilate the African slave family system by destroying the natural dependent tendency that females have on males to protect and secure the family. Willie Lynch boasts about the method to control the mind, body and spirit of the African female slave through beating her severely short of death. In his letter he stated that the outcome of the indoctrinated African mother is to make her teach her boys to be dependent on her and to teach her daughters be independent.
The goal of Willie Lynch letter was twofold: controlling the slave inventory and increasing economic profits of slave owners. This psychological brainwashing had far reaching effects after 147 years since the abolishment of slavery the majority of African American family systems are headed by single mothers. The anger in African slaves who experienced brutal beatings, rampart murders; as well as untold suffering can be seen in the deep seated rage expressed by all children whose disdain for life is shown by the high incidents of young black on black , black on white and white on white crime, the unexplainable murdering of good people and the lack of respect and good character exhibited by young people towards each other and their elders.
On Wednesday, June 13 QueenMother4real Media discussed this issue at the show Roundtable Discussion with Iyanifa Alajoye. We held an excellent discussion on whether PTSS is real or an excuse? Listening link:
Given the information learned about the psychological murder of the African ancestors’ family systems and the current state of African American families.
Do you think that Post Traumatic Slave syndrome is a real syndrome or an excuse for not fulfilling one good destiny on Mother Earth?
Leary, J. D. (2005). Post traumatic slave syndrome America's legacy of enduring injury and healing. Milwaukie : Uptone Press.
Lynch, W. (1712). The Willie Lynch Letter. James River: Feather Trail Press.
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