Monday, February 29, 2016

Why Black People Act the Way They Do (video)

Editors, Wisdom Quarterly; Dr. Joy DeGruy (;
(Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy/Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome) Why Black People Act The Way They Do

Dr. DeGruy's social science research led to the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing.

It addresses the residual impact of trauma on African descendants in the Americas.

It lays the groundwork for understanding how the past influences the present and opens up the discussion about how we can eliminate attitudes, beliefs, and maladaptive (non-productive) behaviors and how we can build upon the strengths gained from the past to heal today's injuries.

The Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Study Guide helps individuals and organizations understand functional and dysfunctional attitudes and behaviors transmitted to us through multiple generations.

It broadens the discussion and looks into the implications raised in the P.T.S.S. book and provides practical tools to help transform negative attitudes and behaviors into positive ones. More

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While African Americans managed to emerge from chattel slavery [considered property rather than human] and the very oppressive "post-slavery" decades that followed with great strength and resiliency, they did not emerge unscathed.

Slavery by Europeans [which was a new kind of "slavery" never seen in the world, a permanent condition based on the new social-construct of "race" rather than debt] produced centuries of physical, psychological, and spiritual injuries.
The fascinating book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing lays the groundwork for understanding how the past has influenced the present.

It opens up a discussion that leads to healing -- for those suffering from implicit bias, which is nearly all of us, to out and out "racists" who experience guilt through cognitive dissonance that means avoiding seeing blacks as human even now. Here is how we can use the strengths gained to heal. More

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