by Gloria Dulan-Wilson
The tragedy of the article I’m sharing with you on this link is that this is not new news to us – we who were/are the victims of slavery, know all too well the seriousness of post traumatic slave syndrome in it’s physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional incarnations. We see it all around us, and, unfortunately, when we look in the mirror, or at many of our friends, loved ones, neighbors, enemies (?), we see it in them as well.
Try as we might, when we think we’ve defeated it in one arena, it rears its ugly head in another. Of course there are also those of us who are in denial as to whether or not we are affected by this uber-massive affliction. And I applaud them for wanting to put it behind them and move forward. Would that we could on a mass mentality level. But the sad state of affairs is that it’s like a gaping wound that has been systematically covered over with a series of inadequate band-aids, and exacerbated by the salt that is continually being rubbed in them by the perpetrators who continue to poke at it, while at the same time either telling us to “get over it” or that “it’s no big deal” or that “this is a different age or time,” while continuing to commit the same crimes in a different, more sophisticated way.
We are fortunate that we can cover our pain in a panache of false smiles, proper English, beautiful clothes, bleached blond hair or wigs, mis-education with higher level degrees up the ying/yang, and all manners of camouflage.
But those of our brothers and sisters who were not so fortunate, who got stuck in the muck of the southern sado/masochistic symbiotic relationships, are still living as if they had just stepped off the plantation; as if they had just received their manumission papers and didn’t know what to do with their “freedom.”
Now this, folks, is my commentary without having read the article – because we know this story all too well – we’ve got relatives still going through it. I find it interesting that this article has been written at this point in time, and I’m curious to see what, if any, impact or change it will make on the meanstream majority.
W.E.B. DuBois wrote “The Philadelphia Negro” in 1899, where gave sociological and statistical data on the lives of Black people during the post-slavery era, as well, Some of the same issues identified in the following article exist and continue to linger into modern times, even though Philadelphia was not part of a slave state, but a Northern industrialized community, with superior educational systems in place. The entire text of DuBois’ study can be found online for those interested in reading this classic.
The fact remains that regardless of who did the study, or when it was conducted, there is much to be resolved if it is not to continue as a canker sore on the butt of America. We definitely should not be waiting to see whether the meanstream, is going to save us, or if we are going to save ourselves. Or whether this will be a cooperative effort.
I still maintain, “if no one else will save you, save yourself!”
Stay Blessed &
bullet Columnist Gloria Dulan-Wilson Is a veteran New York City Journalist. Her experiences, perspective & sense of history are an invaluable combination. “check out my blog:” www.gloria-dulan-wilson.blogspot.com