Of late, more and more, I notice that everyone from black men, to pop psyche bloggers, to woman of other races condemning the behavior of black women and holding them 100% responsible for their over-the-top emotionalism. Granted, we are responsible for our behavior, except in the face of mental illness and extraneous circumstances. Science has recently learned that genetic memory is very real and that ancestral memories are passed down through the genes. Combine this with the processes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and we can begin to understand that the response of the “aggressive”, “out of control” black woman may in fact be the result of slavery, repression, and aggression toward black folk.
I am not trying to make excuses, but to discover the source of the agitation that many black women seem to feel constantly and which brings about their responses in such a passionate manner. Is it possible that the fearful need to protect self and family to the best of their ability, often thwarted by the rules and laws of the society in which they live, is the reason for this hyper-emotional response? Even when ancestral memory is discounted, one of the elements known to trigger PTSD is uncontrollable, unexpected or inescapable events1. Add to this the other elements that are known to make PTSD more likely; degree of threat, suffering, fear, human-caused behaviors, assault, betrayal, sense of responsibility, past and present vulnerability, childhood trauma, insufficient emotional support and concurrent causes of stress, we can evaluate many peoples’ lives (particularly those of Native Americans and African Americans) to be a hot bed for the probability of PTSD. When an entire race of people has been suffering the same uncontrollable and inescapable set of events over and over for several hundred years, one might surmise that they might be suffering from PTSD. Complicate the matter by forcing these same people to accept that they are responsible for how they are treated, utilize mass media to propagandize them as the least desirable group of people because of their exaggerated propensity for negative social behavior, and these people become trapped between the proverbial rock and hard place.
The question is; how do we help to bring about a healing process in a world that has and is being controlled by fear and all of the emotional results thereof? We can continue within the same framework that has been prevalent throughout American history, or we can remove ourselves from the position of judging what we do not understand. Thanks to the advancements of technology, we can now sit in the relatively safe confines of our homes and educate ourselves at will so that we can begin to understand the myriad phenomena at play in this divisive foundation of belief. With additional information about our society, we can discover the primary cause of our fear and with facts and accurate information, begin to heal our wounds. The use of blame and passing the buck of responsibility for the negative environment in which we find ourselves is now passé. It is time to open our minds and hearts of compassion seeking a solution which will benefit us all. There is no possible way that any one person or group can be happy and fulfilled as long as any other of us is not happy and fulfilled.
Pointing out each others flaws, issues and negative traits of any kind, only aims our energy to support and feed that negativity. We must all learn how to be aware, without blame. We must learn to support each other in all of our circumstances, jumping into the fray, not with condemnation, but with compassion and lend our positive energy of change to the equation. Our energy follows our focus. The more we focus on what we do not want, the more of what we do not want will be generated. It is time to focus upon what we do want, and manifest it, creating better relationships with ourselves and others, and in response, a better world.
1. Elements that are known to make PTSD more likely are the following:
- Uncontrollable, unexpected, or inescapable events
- Degree of threat, suffering, or fear
- Human-caused, rather than natural, event
- Assault, often with a sense of betrayal
- Sense of responsibility
- Past and present vulnerability, including genetics, childhood trauma, insufficient emotional support, concurrent causes of stress
http://www.med.upenn.edu/ctsa/ptsd_symptoms.html (accessed February 21, 2014)
- Genetic Memory
http://www.biotechnologyforums.com/thread-1473.html (Accessed February 21, 2014)