Joy DeGruy comes this fascinating book that explores the psychological and emotional impact on African Americans after enduring the horrific Middle Passage, over 300 years of slavery, followed by continued discrimination. . Look at what we, as African Americans, have been able to do even with those burdens on our shoulders. Her attention to how The Middle Passage and enslavement dehumanized whites is so badly needed. I still learned a lot, and the book reinforced the prevalence of racism.
Those who have been the perpetrators of these unspeakable crimes, and those who continue to benefit from those crimes, have to honestly confront their deeds and heal from the psychic wounds that come with being the cause and beneficiaries of such great pain and suffering. Do you warn your children about how people might react to them; find store staff following or watching you; get stopped by the police for no reason? That felt like a weakness, but I have to acknowledge its necessity. Years later when Brandon told me about this book and I read it I finally understood more of what she meant. DeGruy encourages African Americans to view their attitudes, assumptions, and behaviors through the lens of history and so gain a greater understanding of how centuries of slavery and oppression have impacted people of African descent in America. Homologated by the Churches and Intellectials in the Seventeenth-Nineteent Century a Critical Study Author: Dr. We need to recognize that, just as we need to recognize that racism is alive and well in America today An eye-opening, mind-blowing look at race relations in American society-- from a perspective grounded in history, psychology, and sociology.
Failure to do so can inhibit their academic performance. A known capacity for violence is indeed adaptive in lawless situations, but only if the individual has the restraint to use it sparingly and with control. What impact have these ordeals had on African American today? The book tells the story of how she found out about P. I marked another passage in which a young black woman was recounting a story of a black man being shot and killed despite being unarmed sound familiar? Joy speaking on the radio for about five minutes and knew that I had to experience as much of her insight as possible. You are African, 300 years from home. The book was written from the perspective of a veteran of African descent, who had experienced Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome P. It was remarkable to see their physical disposition.
What are the impacts of the ordeals associated with chattel slavery, and with the institutions that followed, on African Americans today? The books are written in the first person to give the reader a firsthand account of what the veteran saw during the California National Guards largest financial disaster. Furthermore, did the trauma and the effects of such horrific abuse end with the abolition of slavery? It's amazing to me, looking on Amazon, how divisive this book is. As another review mentioned, white people experienced a kind of 'cognitive dissonance' when carrying out unspeakably brutal acts on a daily basis. For only after confronting and exorcising some societal demons, will one be well enough to interrelate with one's community from a fresh perspective, as a tender person, fully-informed, considerate and uncompromisingly honest. Read this book again and again and then give it to your friends, family and colleagues who want to understand how the ghost of slavery haunts us all. I would recommend this book to all adults and mature teen readers looking for a brief understanding of the impact slavery has had and still has on our society.
Interrogating Trauma is concerned with the examination of the concept of trauma, and how it is often unproblematically used to theorise the cultural representation of disaster and atrocity. Joy DeGruy née Leary , Ph. The need to model for our students how to talk openly and comfortably about race is critical in America today, but it is still an issue that is difficult to tackle. The need to model for our students how to talk openly and comfortably about race is critical in America today, but it is still an issue that is difficult to tackle. DeGruy's presentations at my university, and I was blown away. What do repeated traumas, endured generation after generation by a people produce? One of my colleagues suggested that I read this because she had Dr.
Despite all that, I'm glad I read it, and I still think highly of the author and the important work she does. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome helps to lay the necessary foundation to ensure the well-being and sustained health of future generations and provides a rare glimpse into the evolution of society's beliefs, feelings, attitudes and behavior concerning race in America. In doing so, he empowers us—in whatever sphere, private or public, in which we have some agency—to embrace our leadership moments by engaging those who would perpetrate dysfunctional language or behavior, and help create a world in which differences are respected and validated. Part I provides an insightful and concise review of the histories of mindfulness and trauma, including the way modern neuroscience is shaping our understanding of both. Sure, people will say that slavery is over, that a war was fought over it, we had the Civil Rights Movement, etc.
She repeatedly refers to the contrast between people she met on a 6 week trip to southern Africa and black folk in America in how they are coping with the effects of racism. Here is what she quotes from him on page 61. DeGruy answers these questions and more as she encourages African Americans to view their attitudes, assumptions, and emotions through the lens of history. They follow with collaborative chapters on specific populations demonstrating the value of generalist social work practice, including developing respectful relationships that define issues from the survivor's perspective; collecting and assessing data; setting goals and contracting; identifying culturally specific interventions; implementing culturally appropriate courses of action; participating in community-level strategies; and advocating for improved policies and funding at local, state, and federal levels. We ignore our history at our own peril. Leary suggests that African Americans and other people of color can ill afford to wait for the dominant culture to realize the qualitative benefits of undoing racism. It will open your eyes to the impact that slavery continues to have on all of us.
This was an easy read. Gave me food for thought. They experienced the worst kind of physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse. This book considers traumatic histories internationally in a broad range of creative arts and visual media representations. Edited by pioneers in multicultural counseling, this volume articulates the positive contributions that can be achieved when multicultural awareness is incorporated into the training of counselors. Joy Degrury Leary explains the connections between the horrific ordeals of slavery, slaves' adaptations to survive, and current issues.
Does any of this apply to Michael Brown? Challenging Dysfunctional Language, Engaging Leadership Moments Author: J. Drawing on biblical, theological, social scientific, and cultural contextual perspectives, these African Christians offer much needed insights to assist in the care and counseling of persons towards healing, health, and well-being. The Civil Rights era of the '60s happened and fixed all racism. This is, in other words, a just-so story. They experienced the worst kind of physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse. Leary, a Professor of Social Work at Portland State University, draws on her 18 years of practical work in the field dedicated to mental health and cultural resilience. They lead normal, healthy, and productive lives, and have no more depression and hopelessness than anyone else.