Hard Knock Radio

Hard Knock Radio – February 18, 2010

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Hard Knock Radio reintroduces Dr. Degruy Leary’s critic on Race in America. Her groundbreaking “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome” (PTSS) delves into the primary values that have shaped African culture, and the impact that slavery as a historical trauma, has had on African American culture. In discussing PTSS, Dr. Leary suggest that it is not plausible for Africans to have emerged unscathed from nearly two and a half centuries of slavery, during which time they were labeled as sub-human and treated as chattel. Also discussed, are the survival adaptations necessary for enduring a hostile slave environment and how these adaptations, both positive and negative, have been passed along through generations and continue to be reflected in the behaviors of African Americans today. Viewers are led on a stirring and powerful journey through a part of American history that has been deleted from school texts, reconfirming the old adage, You must know where you’ve been to know where you are going. “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome” provides a glimpse of where the story began for those impacted by slavery in an attempt to safeguard the future of generations to come.

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