Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing [Joy DeGruy Leary, Randall Robinson] on *FREE* shipping on. I am talking about the theory that Black people are suffering from post-traumatic slave syndrome, or PTSS. It is one of the many tragically real. The spring book discussion group will explore Dr. Joy DeGruy's book, "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of.
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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.
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Joy DeGruy
It is too wide because post traumatic slave syndrome vast majority of descendants of black slaves do not exhibit PTSS. They lead normal, healthy, and productive lives, and have no more depression and hopelessness than anyone else.
The theory is also too wide because for three or four generations after the end of slavery the supposed symptoms of PTSS were rare.
We have a far better explanation of what happened—better because it is post traumatic slave syndrome specific—in the breakdown of marriage and family in the black community.
Does any of this apply to Michael Brown?
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If we think of him solely through the lens of being the victim of a police shooting, no. But the larger story seems to require that we take into account the trajectory of his life.
Though he has been praised by some as a gentle soul, millions of others have watched the video of him or his likeness committing a strong-arm robbery of a convenience post traumatic slave syndrome, and he was sufficiently violent to assault a cop. Post traumatic slave syndrome was the son of teenage couple who went their separate ways.
He did, however, keep up a relationship with both his parents. Teenagers try on different persona, some good, some bad.
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How bad Brown had been when he was in his tough-guy mode is not yet known. She is also no blind acolyte of 'postmodernism' and thus there is a real praxis here rather than pure theory.
What cements this book for me is her use of the Swahili term Ma'afa 'catastrophe' to grasp the enormity of the nearly 50 million Africans who died in The Middle Passage. Every adult American should read it, for it offers much substance in spite of its flaws.
It's amazing to me, looking on Amazon, how divisive this post traumatic slave syndrome is.
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De Gruy Leary post traumatic slave syndrome a gentle person who writes with a simple, clear, style. Much of her historical information is illuminating, and her main argument - that, due to their history of slavery, African-Americans perforce had to learn methods of coping that have been handed down through the g A frustrating, thought-provoking and important book.
Much of her historical information is illuminating, and her main argument - that, due to their history of slavery, African-Americans perforce had to learn methods of coping that have been handed down through the generations, and which are no longer serving them well - simply makes sense.
Trauma DOES get handed down in families! Surely that is inarguable by now. It takes conscious, disciplined effort to break the chain of abuse, and surely there can be no worse abuse that that endured by the enslaved post traumatic slave syndrome - African and otherwise - of the Americas.
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De Gruy Leary is excellent on the trauma of slavery, and her personal stories on how to teach and motivate a group of learning-disabled African-American tweens, for example are illuminating. Unfortunately, her message is weakened in a couple of places by post traumatic slave syndrome overstatements and errors.