Monday, December 8, 2014

Modern U.S. Slavery: PTSS (audio)

Wisdom Quarterly; Mitch Jeserich, Dr. Joy DeGruy (KPFA, Berkeley, L&P, Dec. 8, 2014)
Martin Luther King, Jr. was not assassinated because he advocated for civil rights. Government agents killed him because he began advocating for economic rights and opposed secret U.S. wars in Buddhist Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia). Say no to banks and yes to local credit unions on Bank Transfer Day.
How can we enslave all these black troublemakers of today? - Well, first let's arrest them, get them a felony record on any trumped up charges with our buddies in the prosecutor's office, then let's legally keep them out of public housing, the job market, and away from all federal funding and civil rights protection. - That's brilliant! What do you call it? - The "Southern Strategy." - I don't get it, but this professor is calling it PTSS. (AP)
Prof. Joy DeGruy, Ph.D. ( teaching at Fullerton College, OC (WQ)
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
As a result of 12 years of quantitative and qualitative research, Dr. DeGruy has detailed a social psychological syndrome of symptoms she calls PTSS, "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. She has published her findings in the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. The book addresses the residual impacts of generations of American chattel slavery and opens a discussion of how the black community can use the strengths gained in the past to heal the present.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (
It is a theory that explains the etiology (medical origins) of many of the adaptive survival behaviors in African American communities throughout the USA and the diaspora, that is, wherever post-African slaves have established communities.

This condition exists as a consequence of multi-generational oppression of Africans and their descendants resulting from centuries of chattel slavery, a new form of "ownership" enslavement where people were reduced to property. This gruesome form of slavery was predicated on the belief that African Americans were inherently and genetically inferior to white, usually Christian, slave "owners." This was then followed by institutionalized racism that continues to perpetuate injury resulting in MAP:
  • M: multi-generational trauma together with continued oppression;
  • A: absence of opportunity to heal or access the benefits available in a society, which leads to
  • P: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.
Under these circumstances hese are some of the predictable patterns of behavior that tend to occur: More
Frederic Cesbron (right) and Maxim Durand walk on the street outside the Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel on Dec. 7, 2014, in Rosemont, Illinois. Thousands of people were evacuated after a chlorine gas leak at the hotel hosting the 2014 Midwest FurFest convention, where attendees dress as animals to celebrate art, literature, and performance, in suburban Rosemont early Sunday morning. Investigators believe the leak at the hotel in Rosemont was caused intentionally and are treating it as a criminal matter (AP).
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