Show 293: Dr. Joy DeGruy Reacts to Conservative African Americans on Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome.

Belief in Free Will and Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Denial

The belief that people’s behaviors are freely chosen, and not the result of all of their previous experience, enables some to justify the plight of others and perpetuates blaming victims for being victims.  And although it’s a belief that is contradicted by a mountain of evidence, it remains replete throughout our entire society, primarily inculcated as part of a traditional religious worldview.

This Sunday on Equal Time for Freethought Dr. Joy Degruy, author of “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome,” defends her work against criticism in the recent book by Sana Butler, “Sugar of the Crop: My Journey to Find the Children of Slaves.”  Butler claims that the children of freedmen simply chose to leave their slave experience behind, and that any  problems currently experienced in families who descend from African slaves is just the result of people deciding to not “choose” correctly.

Join us as Dr. DeGruy weighs in on personal choice, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome denial, and recent events in general.

Dr. Degruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications; two master degrees in Social Work and Psychology; and a PhD in Social Work Research. With over twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives a practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society.

7 Replies to “Show 293: Dr. Joy DeGruy Reacts to Conservative African Americans on Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome.”

  1. see the new book on black north africans and moslems taking white european slaves 1500-1800 in the mediterranean. Where is the white/european PTSD? It doesnt exist. These historical grudges only exist within the individuals and groups that continue to dwell on them. All of human history is about the killers and the killed, the slavemasters and slaves, the absolute rulers and the ruled, the torturers and the tortured. Whether from the monguls killing a million in one city assault or from the germans killing millions of jews, or the romans and greeks or goths doing likewise, we all have ancestors who have been both. Learn from it, get over it, stop looking for excuses and instead determine what you need to do to be successful, and join the modern world or western civilization. If you think there is a culture you can copy that will give you more then please return the electric lights and air conditioning and the millions other marvels that have come from the european peoples and their decendants. We will relinquish the use of korean pottery and whatever great technology that originated in africa as long as you give up everything you got from the europeans and their decendants. You can start by giving up penicillin.

  2. To reference historical events in the Mediterranean, does not address the historical events in America. It is true, that many cultures around the world have experienced the role of being the oppressed or the oppressor. In America, not the Mediterranean, African slaves and their descendants were the oppressed. To assume the end of slavery, meant there was an end to the oppression, is ludicrous. The oppression is a vicious cycle that starts in childhood. TJ’s suggestions of “getting over it” and “not making excuses” is the idea of meritocracy where people think all you have to do is “pull yourself up by your bootstraps”!

    I’ll end with this: a 5 yr old African American boy, walks into a public school system, where 80% of the teachers are white women with little to no understanding of his culture and and familial experiences. He then has to battle being labeled and segregated in special education because African Americans represent 12.6% in special ed and 12.8% of the population, while White Americans represent 8.8% in special ed and 79.8% of the population. He then has to deal with standardized tests that do not acknowledge the cultural values of African American students but instead the cultural values of middle class white students. As if that is not enough, that same public school system suspends African American students at a higher rate than white student with alarming disproportions. (In case you are unclear of my put, these are concrete examples of OPPRESSION)

    If he is fortunate and able to avoid the systematic pitfalls, he then graduates into a society where he gets sits down at a computer and read a comment that tells him to “get over it”, “stop making excuses”, and give up penicillin…seriously?!

  3. I enjoyed reading your comments Amber Morgan in responce to TJ’s nonsense. It’s my opinion that racist people are mentally challanged people. Yes I am putting it mildly. To be blunt racism is an ideology that fosters mental retardation. Racism allows it adherents to not see the forest because of the trees. &, the racist really does not mind admiring the beauty of the trees although the racist does miss out on the magnificents of the forest.

  4. Human use of antibiotics began not 80 years ago, but nearly 2,000 years ago along the banks of the Nile River.

    – Those ancient people got tetracycline out of fermented grain that they used to brew beer.

    – Everyone drank the antibiotic-laced beer often, starting as early as age two.

    People have been using antibiotics for nearly 2,000 years, suggests a new study, which found large doses of tetracycline embedded in the bones of ancient African mummies………….”Given the amount of tetracycline there, they had to know what they were doing,” said co-author George Armelagos, a biological anthropologist at Emory University in Atlanta. “They may not have known what tetracycline was, but they certainly knew something was making them feel better.”

  5. How do you get over your History? “.Your”history is taught in the school. They forget to say Where the Black people are. In movies pior to the 70s, Where are the African American. Have you ever been considered 2/5 of a man by law? Have you ever feared the police,has a Teacher ignored and refuse to teach your children. Has any one ever placed your change on the counter, after you handed them your money, when buying from their store. Has the police ever be suspicious of you when ,YOU called them to help you. Have you ever look at your history and found out about medical experiment s Have you lost a love one over a police misunderstanding ( I thought he had a gun).History is made everyday…let not check the attic for keepsakes.

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