began with slavery and continues to this very day with the tidal wave of #policekillings
and senseless 911 phone calls to cops. As the country pauses to recognize National #PTSD
Awareness Day on Wednesday, it’s important to remember that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not just a condition that only affects military veterans. #Slavery
and everything associated with that inhuman institution — from the torture and rape of Black bodies to the cruel separation of families — has cast a long shadow of mental anguish, Dr. Kevin Washington, the former president of the Association of Black Psychologists, told #NewsOne
Now in 2016.
“We can have post-traumatic stress disorder – #postslavery
,” he explained. Though #AfricanAmericans
are no longer in bondage, it does not necessarily mean “we’re beyond the trauma” of enslavement. That trauma, according to studies, can be generational, he added.
The trauma continued long after slavery ended through terrorism from #violent #white #supremacist
groups, like the #Ku #Klux #Klan
. Black people lived in constant fear of getting lynched at the whim of white people–without having any access to justice.
During the #CivilRightsMovement
, peaceful demands for equality were met with an iron fist. Water cannons were among the tools used to inflict pain and terror on Black folks who white people felt had the audacity to demand to be treated like human beings. In fact, the threat of turning on the water cannons on nonviolent Black protesters.
#BlackLives #injustice #blacknificent