Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury
Joy de Gruy Leary (A)
List Price: $19.95 (Paperback - Effects of Slavery/ Healing / Self- Help and Motivation - 2005)
Description: While African Americans managed to emerge from chattel slavery and the oppressive decades that followed with great strength and resiliency, they did not emerge unscathed. Slavery produced centuries of physical, psychological and spiritual injury.
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Americas Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing lays the groundwork for understanding how the past has influenced the present, and opens up the discussion of how we can use the strengths we have gained to heal. (235 pgs)
P.T.S.S. 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 multi-generational 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.
Ashay says, "Dr. Degruy is world renowned and is commended for her twelve years of quantitative and qualitative research. Her work has helped many African Americans and other people of color to peel back the physical, psycological and spiritual layers that have been damaged due to slavery. This is a book of inspiration and self help. If you are on a journey of self and healing you need to read this book. Must have for your library."