- Hardcover: 235 pages
- Publisher: Uptone Press; 1st edition (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963401122
- ISBN-13: 978-0963401120
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing 1st Edition
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In her book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS), Dr. Joy Leary presents information to enlighten thought regarding behaviors prevalent in the African American community. I believe that PTSS exists and should be treated. First, it must be understood! The author provides information to enhance understanding about the realities of African Americans living in American post slavery culture. PTSS should be required reading for health and human service professionals working with the African American population.
Run to the store, find her DVD, whizz over to your friends' houses, tents, flats, whatever. I'm a writer (Esther Bradley-DeTally) and I tell you, "There aren't enough words in the universe to praise this book." Buy it and put it into action.
As a young African American male who was raised by his mother in a predominantly white suburban area, I wanted to know why, when I encountered other black youth in more urban areas, they would tell me I "talk white." What is "talking white?" Basically, talking white means I was talking like I have an education. Why do so many members of the black community (those without an education) reject me for valuing education? Why is it that when one black person fidns a way out of the ghetto, it seems the whole neighborhood, church included, condems that person for leaving "his/her people" and wanting to live in the suburbs with the whites? Why don't we support one-another in this society that has always held us from achieving our full potential?
I wanted to learn why we seem to have no clue of who we are, and so many of us, young and old, strive to "prove" we are "black enough." So talking a certain way makes us black? Or is it eating certain foods that makes us "black"? Listening to only certain kinds of music? We lack a firm sense of cultural identity. We take rebellious pride in being at the bottom, and equate success with "whiteness." We denounce the achievements of any black person and ostracize him from the community. We work to pressure our own to stay at the bottom.
In this very interesting book, the author, Dr. Joy Degruy Leary, proposes a number of explanations for why the African American community has developed these and other unhealthy cultural habits.Read more ›
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I found it very hard to put this book down. Educational to say the LEAST. A doorway to understanding for ALL cultures in America. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bgbrnbby
I think this book is a must-read for anyone who wants some insight into the legacy of slavery in the United States. Read morePublished 6 months ago by N. Robb
Should be required reading. The ills of American society continue.Published 10 months ago by Late Night
Reading this book will OPEN your conscious mind beyond the tangible. It was enlightening to understand the history of African American slaves. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Angel