Destruction of the Black Family is another byproduct or symptom of Post Traumatic Slave Disorder. This includes both divorce and having children outside of wedlock leading to single parent households. Both are the breakdown of the basic marriage and family structure. The Black Family must stay together. We will be stronger together than we ever will be apart. Children growing up without fathers must come to an end. You see, we must stop thinking only of our individual selves, but also think about the next generation.
Mental Laziness, another symptom of Post Traumatic Slave Disorder, deals with having a self-induced dull mind. Often this dullness is caused by drugs either chemical drugs or psychological drugs. Chemical drugs include weed, alcohol, nicotine, etc. Psychological drugs can include food, sex, television, video games, anything you do in excess to shut off the brain artificially.
Today, Black people identify very little with anything African. We tend to view Africa as our motherland, yes. Intellectually, we know we came from there as slaves, but we do not consider ourselves Africans any longer. We are African-American or African-European, etc. Thus, we view Africa as foreign. We view African countries as foreign nations, strange and different compared to our Westernized world. We have no understanding or appreciation for anything African. This is the fundamental byproduct of Post Traumatic Slave Disorder (PTSD).
While anyone can have a negative worldview, this characteristic is particularly acute in Post Traumatic Slave Disorder. You see negativity for those with PTSD manifests itself in two ways. Most people think of negativity as feelings of hopelessness, depression, desperation, pessimism, or despair. However, I want to show you the other side of negativity that you likely are unaware of. This other side of negativity has the appearance of progress, but is holding you back from your purpose. Do you find yourself constantly driving toward a better life, but never seeming to get there? This may be why.
Another common symptom of PTSD is frankly criminal and thug living. Now, you may not identify as a thug, but be real with yourself, you know you have that side to you. I certainly do. However, not every criminal is a thug and not every thug is a criminal, I understand that. However, they are two sides of the same coin and one often leads to the other. Here's the thing about thug living, our society glamorizes it especially for black youth. Our greatest heroes are often thugs and gangsters. They create a false image through the media, in our music and entertainment industries that promotes the thug life. Man, and it's tempting, right?
Our next symptom of PTSD is having an inferiority construct. Such a person views everything that is Black or African as inferior. They view anything that is non-black or non-African as somehow superior. This can take many forms from wearing clothing to fit in with other races, changing your behavior to appeal to other races, choosing products or services of other races over your own, or even choosing friends and close relationships of other races for no other reason other than race.
Consumerism- What is it and what does it have to do with PTSD? Another byproduct of PTSD is a sole propensity toward consumerism without production. Consumerism itself is not bad. In fact, without consumers, there would be no producers, no need to produce, and no means to grow and develop as individuals and a people. However, those of us dealing with the symptoms and byproducts of PTSD tend to only consume with little ability to produce anything of value. In fact, we crave consumption. Now, that consumption can take many forms, typically however, it functions like a drug and is extremely addictive.
Materialism is the overvaluing or inflating of physical possessions such as clothing, cars, houses, shoes, or anything that can be obtain with money. While materialism can be a product of PTSD, it does not have to be. However, it certainly clear materialism is exacerbated as a result of PTSD, thus we include the intensity of it here as a byproduct of PTSD. I ask that you examine yourself to see if you find this within yourself. Yes, it may not seem like a problem, but if you have a purpose, a dream, or a goal, what you're unwilling to let go off will certainly limit the fulfillment of that purpose.
In the context of African consciousness, what is self-hate? And why does it matter? Post Traumatic Slave Disorder (PTSD) is the term we use to describe the emotional and psychological patterns in the minds of African people who are descendants of colonialism, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, or the African Diaspora. The problem with PTSD is that most of the symptoms are not apparent to the victim.
W.E.B. Du Bois was perhaps one of the most polarizing figures of the 20th century, certainly during his era immediately following the Civil War and during the so called "Reconstruction." As an educator, he had a unique perspective on the struggle of Blacks in this new America. Du Bois saw many of the same struggles we face today in 1903. As you read his book, The Souls of Black Folk, you realize sadly that not much has changed in America since 1903. Yes, blacks are not being dragged out into the streets in mass and persecuted overtly as in 1903, but there are many similarities as the social structure in America really hasn't changed. What I mean is this...
Recently read a book called Running A Thousand Miles For Freedom by William and Ellen Craft, two former slaves. Man, it was incredible to read their story. Frankly, I've never been a huge reader of black history. I think many of us would rather forget it because of the emotions it raises. Many of us would rather focus on more positive things, pretend everything is okay, and we were never slaves. Read more about the story of William and Ellen Craft here.
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