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Monday, May 20, 2013

Powerful stuff…What on earth is “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome” and who is Joy DeGruy?

Harriet Tubman
Underground Railroad
Despite it all
Women rose and served America from the beginning of the union into the 20th century and forward
Women in the U.S.
Civil Rights Movement
Excerpt, editing, brief comment, image collection
by Carolyn Bennett

Ida B. Wells-
Exposing lynching
There are stories and there are stories

I was introduced to this author today when KPFA aired part of a lecture during its spring (May) 2013 fundraiser (“Up Front” May 8-, etal http://www.kpfa.org/all-programs/public-affairs-kpfa/front).

Black women indispensable to
U.S. Struggle for human rights
Dr. Joy DeGruy is introduced as a nationally and internationally acclaimed researcher, educator, author and presenter whose seminars have been praised as “the most dynamic and inspirational currently being presented on topics of culture, race relations and contemporary social issues.”
Daisy Bates
U.S. School desegregation
Activist for
Quality education for all

Dr. DeGruy is author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. This is some of the compelling information provided at the author’s website.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Daisy Lee Gatson Bates
Little Rock, Arkansas
 As a result of twelve years of quantitative and qualitative research, Dr. DeGruy has developed a theory of "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome" and published her findings in the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing”. The book addresses the residual impact of generations of slavery and opens a discussion of how the black community can use strengths gained in the past to heal in the present.

Ella Baker
U.S. Civil Rights Leader
What is Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome?

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is a theory that explains the etiology of many of the adaptive survival behaviors in African American communities throughout the United States and the Diaspora. It is a condition that exists as a consequence of multigenerational oppression of Africans and their descendants resulting from centuries of chattel slavery.

… A form of slavery which was predicated on the belief that African Americans were inherently/genetically inferior to whites …This was then followed by institutionalized racism which continues to perpetuate injury.

Resulting in M.A.P.:

M: Multigenerational trauma together with continued oppression;
Fannie Lou Hamer
U.S. Voting Rights 
Activist, Campaigner
A: Absence of opportunity to heal or access the benefits available in the society; leads to
P: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.

Under such circumstances these are some of the predictable patterns of behavior that tend to occur:

Key patterns of behavior reflective of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) 
Vacant Esteem
Insufficient development of what Dr. DeGruy refers to as primary esteem, along with feelings of hopelessness, depression and a general self destructive outlook. 
U.S. Women1950s 
Marked Propensity for Anger and Violence
Extreme feelings of suspicion perceived negative motivations of others. Violence against self, property and others including the members of one’s own group (i.e. friends, relatives, or acquaintances) 
Racist Socialization and (internalized racism) 
Mary McLeod Bethune
U.S. Educator
College founder
Educational leader
Newspaper columnist
Learned Helplessness, literacy deprivation, distorted self-concept, antipathy or aversion for the following:

The members of one’s own identified cultural/ethnic group,

The mores and customs associated one’s own identified cultural/ethnic heritage,

Sojourner Truth
U.S. Abolitionist
Woman Suffrage
Women's Rights
The physical characteristics of one’s own identified cultural/ethnic group.

Mary Ann Shadd Cary
North American
Educator and
he book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome incorporates DeGruy’s research in the United States and in Africa as well as her twenty years’ experience as a social work practitioner and consultant to public and private organizations.

Study Guide complement to book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
Useful and practical tools to help the reader develop skills aimed at transforming negative attitudes and behaviors into positive ones. 
DeGruy exposes the reader to the conditions that led to the Atlantic slave trade and allowed the pursuant racism and efforts at repression to continue through contemporary times. 
Black women
U.S. Civil Rights Movement

She looks at seemingly insurmountable obstacles faced by African Americans as the result of the slave trade. 
She discusses positive and negative adaptive behaviors African Americans developed which allowed them to survive and often even thrive. 
Dr. DeGruy concludes her work with a reevaluation of those adaptive behaviors, which have been passed down, where appropriate, through generations. 
Ella Baker
U.S. Civil Rights leader
She explores replacing behaviors which are today maladaptive with ones that will promote and sustain healing and ensure advancement of the African American culture.
The Study Guide is designed to help individuals, groups, and organizations better understand multi-generational functional and dysfunctional attitudes, behaviors now being transmitted to others in the environments of home, school, work and the larger society.  The   Guide encourages and broadens the discussion and implications about specific issues raised in the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. The Study Guide provides useful and practical tools to help the reader develop skills aimed at transforming negative attitudes and behaviors into positive ones.

Dr. Joy DeGruy
ore about Dr. Joy DeGruy and her work can be found using these links as well as the KPFA link above: http://joydegruy.com/resources-2/post-traumatic-slave-syndrome/
Biography and Booking information http://www.speakoutnow.org/userdata_display.php?modin=50&uid=5421


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