CAAGS Conference 2016 - Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
Dr. DeGruy's book
When I chose to attend the Calfornia African-American Genealogical Society (CAAGS) Annual Conference, there were a number of workshop titles I wanted to take.
One that immediately caught my attention was on the subject of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Epigenetics.
If I had heard that term about a month ago, I probably would have laughed at it, thinking it was made up. However, I caught a heated Facebook discussion a couple of weeks back.
Once of the debaters posted the book cover on her comments. I didn't look it up at that time, but did say to myself, "Hmmm..."
I happen to be a licensed minister, and one of my passions is in the area of healing--physical, emotional, and spiritual.
Among things I have addressed in ministering healing is in the arena of "generational wounds and diseases".
So, the whole concept of a PTSD-type phenomenon, related to American slavery was not that far-fetched to me.
In ministering to the African-American community, it has occurred to me often that issues or wounds I have seen might have slave orgins.
Things such as:
-Multi-generational trauma (similar to Holocaust survivors)
-Feelings of powerlessness
-Inability to protect loved ones
-Lack of feeling safe
-Constant vigilance (watching one's 'back')
The workshop leader recommended the book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, by Joy DeGruy, Ph.D. Available on Amazon.com
I have enthusiastically downloaded the copy of the book to my Kindle!
I think this is something that might become a virtual book discussion on this website, if others are interested in reading.
People may wonder why this book is being discussed on a genealogy website.
In my opinion, this topic has everything to do with African-American family history, and can help our families heal as we move forward.