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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Author : Joy DeGruy
ISBN : 0985217278
Genre : African Americans
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In the 16th century, the beginning of African enslavement in the Americas until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment and emancipation in 1865, Africans were hunted like animals, captured, sold, tortured, and raped. They experienced the worst kind of physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse. Given such history, isn't it likely that many of the enslaved were severely traumatized? And did the trauma and the effects of such horrific abuse end with the abolition of slavery? Emancipation was followed by one hundred more years of institutionalized subjugation through the enactment of Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, peonage, convict leasing, domestic terrorism and lynching. Today the violations continue, and when combined with the crimes of the past, they result in yet unmeasured injury. What do repeated traumas, endured generation after generation by a people produce? What impact have these ordeals had on African Americans today? Dr. Joy DeGruy, answers these questions and more. With over thirty years of practical experience as a professional in the mental health field, Dr. 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. 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.
Category: African Americans

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Author : Joy DeGruy
ISBN : 0062692666
Genre : History
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From acclaimed author and researcher Dr. 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. From the beginning of American chattel slavery in the 1500’s, until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865, Africans were hunted like animals, captured, sold, tortured, and raped. They experienced the worst kind of physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse. Given such history, Dr. Joy DeGruy asked the question, “Isn’t it likely those enslaved were severely traumatized? Furthermore, did the trauma and the effects of such horrific abuse end with the abolition of slavery?” Emancipation was followed by another hundred years of institutionalized subjugation through the enactment of Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, peonage and convict leasing, and domestic terrorism and lynching. Today the violations continue, and when combined with the crimes of the past, they result in further unmeasured injury. What do repeated traumas visited upon generation after generation of a people produce? What are the impacts of the ordeals associated with chattel slavery, and with the institutions that followed, on African Americans today? Dr. DeGruy answers these questions and more as she encourages African Americans to view their attitudes, assumptions, and emotions through the lens of history. By doing so, she argues they will gain a greater understanding of the impact centuries of slavery and oppression has had on African Americans. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is an important read for all Americans, as the institution of slavery has had an impact on every race and culture. “A masterwork. [DeGruy’s] deep understanding, critical analysis, and determination to illuminate core truths are essential to addressing the long-lived devastation of slavery. Her book is the balm we need to heal ourselves and our relationships. It is a gift of wholeness.”—Susan Taylor, former Editorial Director of Essence magazine
Category: History

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

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ISBN : 1615391088
Genre : African Americans
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This study guide accompanies the author's Post traumatic slave syndrome: America's legacy of enduring injury and healing. The guide includes summaries of the book's chapters; charts, reflection and discussion questions, and a glossary; and tools for transforming negative behaviors in positive behaviors.
Category: African Americans

Lay My Burden Down

Author : Alvin F. Poussaint
ISBN : 0807009598
Genre : Psychology
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"A remarkable achievement." —Harriet A. Washington, The New England Journal of Medicine Through stories (including their own), interviews, and analysis of the most recent data available, Dr. Alvin Poussaint and journalist Amy Alexander offer a groundbreaking look at "posttraumatic slavery syndrome," the unique physical and emotional perils for black people that are the legacy of slavery and persistent racism. They examine the historical, cultural, and social factors that make many blacks reluctant to seek health care, and cite ways that everyone from the layperson to the health care provider can help. "As a black woman thrashing with the new class divide and an intermittent but chronic depression that feels as old as rivers, I found [Lay My Burden Down] a relief, an assured voice in a wilderness [that] I felt I was essentially wandering alone." —Erin Aubry Kaplan, Salon "A persuasive moral indictment of the mental-health establishment for not working harder to rid itself of prejudicial images of African-Americans within its own practices, and to address them in earnest in the larger society." —Matthew V. Johnson, The Christian Century "A stunner of a book. . . . The positive message here is that these scourges can be prevented." —Leon Eisenberg, M.D., coauthor of Children in a Changing Health System
Category: Psychology

Cultural Trauma

Author : Ron Eyerman
ISBN : 0521004373
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Ron Eyerman explores the formation of African American identity through the cultural trauma of slavery.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Medical Apartheid

Author : Harriet A. Washington
ISBN : 076792939X
Genre : History
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From the era of slavery to the present day, the first full history of black America’s shocking mistreatment as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects at the hands of the medical establishment. Medical Apartheid is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between black Americans and Western medical researchers and the racist pseudoscience that resulted, it details the ways both slaves and freedmen were used in hospitals for experiments conducted without their knowledge—a tradition that continues today within some black populations. It reveals how blacks have historically been prey to grave-robbing as well as unauthorized autopsies and dissections. Moving into the twentieth century, it shows how the pseudoscience of eugenics and social Darwinism was used to justify experimental exploitation and shoddy medical treatment of blacks, and the view that they were biologically inferior, oversexed, and unfit for adult responsibilities. Shocking new details about the government’s notorious Tuskegee experiment are revealed, as are similar, less-well-known medical atrocities conducted by the government, the armed forces, prisons, and private institutions. The product of years of prodigious research into medical journals and experimental reports long undisturbed, Medical Apartheid reveals the hidden underbelly of scientific research and makes possible, for the first time, an understanding of the roots of the African American health deficit. At last, it provides the fullest possible context for comprehending the behavioral fallout that has caused black Americans to view researchers—and indeed the whole medical establishment—with such deep distrust. No one concerned with issues of public health and racial justice can afford not to read Medical Apartheid, a masterful book that will stir up both controversy and long-needed debate.
Category: History

Breaking Rank

Author : Norm Stamper
ISBN : 9780786736249
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Opening with a powerful letter to former Tacoma police chief David Brame, who shot his estranged wife before turning the gun on himself, Norm Stamper introduces us to the violent, secret world of domestic abuse that cops must not only navigate, but which some also perpetrate. Former chief of the Seattle police force, Stamper goes on to expose a troubling culture of racism, sexism, and homophobia that is still pervasive within the twenty-first-century force; then he explores how such prejudices can be addressed. He reveals the dangers and temptations that cops face, describing in gripping detail the split-second life-and-death decisions. Stamper draws on lessons learned to make powerful arguments for drug decriminalization, abolition of the death penalty, and radically revised approaches to prostitution and gun control. He offers penetrating insights into the "blue wall of silence," police undercover work, and what it means to kill a man. And, Stamper gives his personal account of the World Trade organization debacle of 1999, when protests he was in charge of controlling turned violent in the streets of Seattle. Breaking Rank reveals Norm Stamper as a brave man, a pioneering public servant whose extraordinary life has been dedicated to the service of his community.
Category: Biography & Autobiography


Author : Stuart Ewen
ISBN : 9781583229491
Genre : Social Science
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Typecasting chronicles the emergence of the "science of first impression" and reveals how the work of its creators—early social scientists—continues to shape how we see the world and to inform our most fundamental and unconscious judgments of beauty, humanity, and degeneracy. In this groundbreaking exploration of the growth of stereotyping amidst the rise of modern society, authors Ewen & Ewen demonstrate "typecasting" as a persistent cultural practice. Drawing on fields as diverse as history, pop culture, racial science, and film, and including over one hundred images, many published here for the first time, the authors present a vivid portrait of stereotyping as it was forged by colonialism, industrialization, mass media, urban life, and the global economy.
Category: Social Science

Greatness Is In Our Dna

Author : Rufus O. Jimerson
ISBN : 1542369851
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Volume 3 of 3 books starts with the world-class African Empires of Europe's Middle Ages. Black Africans experienced the height of global civilization, wealth, influence and hegemony. White Europeans lived in squalor, poverty, unsanitary conditions, ignorance, illiteracy and barbarism. Black Moors would occupy and civilize much of Western and Southern Europe bring civilization, hygiene, literacy and order through inbreed dynasties and nobility. Their progeny controlled the Christian Church and worshipped black deities. Resentment arose among the Germanic subjects to the absolute rule and faith controlled by their saviors who were Black Moors. That rule was challenged and overturned by the Protestant Reformation, Thirty and Hundred Year Wars, and popular revolutions that either removed the African monarchs or restricted their authority to symbolism of tradition. All cosmetic races of this black rule were purged. Subsequently, the ideology of "scientific racism" emerged to classify blacks as intellectual and physical inferior to whites and incapable of ruling the so-called dominant melanin-less race. Black Africans were written-out of history and humanity. The conquest and destruction of African civilization facilitated this subordination. The depopulation of Africans to the Americas as slaves to maximize wealth and build capital facilitated the dehumanization effort while transforming Europeans from utter poverty to wealthiest population on the planet. Yet, the seeds of their racist transformation planted itself in its own self-destruction that unfolding in the 21st century. Wealth built on slavery or slave wages evolved to the outsourcing of jobs to generate enormous capital for elites. It also brought about terrorism, enormous treasure spent on was and domestic security, destruction of the standard of living, the demise of the infrastructure and the quality of life. The impoverished "others" vital to the generations of wealth are furthered dehumanized and scapegoated. Western nations turn towards isolation bordering on feudalism engulfing much of Medieval Europe not occupied by Africa's global hegemony promoted by Black Moors. Low-information white Westerners led by xenophobic, racist, nationalists, like Donald J. Trump and David Duke, are unaware of the true lessons of history that diversity, trade and exchange of ideas built world-class empires and sustainable wealth. The nativism they offer retards progress, redirects it toward stagnation and backwardness into feudalism, tribalism and return to the caves and primitivism.