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.
Again, as with the previous symptoms, I'm asking you to really self-reflect throughout the week to see if there is even a hint of any of these within yourself. If we are honest, most of us have some of these traits with varying degrees. It's easy to recognize these trait in society and those around us, but that's not the point. The idea is to "heal thyself" to pull these traits from within ourselves, examine them, break free, then help others to see it for themselves as well. Thus far, we have become experts at identifying all the flaws in our society, while we remain unchanged.
So, back to the subject at hand. What causes this inferiority construct in our minds? Yes, PTSD, but what specifically? Often, we think that if we can just fit in with the dominate race and culture (usually white and Judeo/Christian) then we can somehow obtain some of the benefits of that class of people, money or success. The image we see in the media and experience of our own people is often deeply negative. We must understand that the media and entertainment industry greatly exagerates the plight of Black and African people. However, this negative image of African is instilled in us from an early age through the media and seeing European society as the American dream. So, growing up, sometimes, we equate being black with being poor, uneducated, and unsuccessful. We equate being white with being rich, successful, and educated. Thus, we try to change, to become white because we have a false sense of self, a false sense of what it really means to be black or African.
Also, it does not help that popular society wants you to abandon your roots. Dominant society is designed for the majority. The education system, the economy, the government is all designed for the majority. That is how it is and frankly, why shouldn't it be? In the eyes of the dominant society, to be white is to be normal and to be black is somehow to be different. But it's not just skin color, to have African values, an African belief system, or African language, culture, religion...all of these things are somehow viewed as abnormal and even threatening.
Therefore, sometimes due to fear or due to perceived benefits, we change ourselves to fit in with dominant society. We cannot be truly ourselves or truly free. We only see two alternatives, to be black, poor, uneducated, and unsuccessful or to act like the dominant race and be rich, educated, and successful. Yet, these are both false images created intentionally or unintentionally by the media, music, and entertainment industries. For these industries create culture and have exported American culture around the world, so even in Japan their heroes are often white.
It takes self-reflection to identify these tendencies within yourself. The key is to become aware of it. Sometimes, we consciously take on the perceived traits of another race to fit in for example like a job interview. Yet, we understand who we really are and the moment we can obtain our freedom, we will do so. You see a slave has no identity, he or she is what the master says. Who is your master? I'm asking you to examine yourself and be aware, conscious of your own PTSD and inferiority construct that may be within you. Because the truth is, whether you are aware of it or not, it can hold you back and prevent your freedom. The first step is self reflection, then awareness. Most of us are held by by these invisible chains, but even worse, we are not conscious of the chains, but think we are free living in the image of our master.
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