Is There Such A Thing As Racial PTSD?
Racism is not a joke and it carries with it many sequelae. Ignoring racism costs Blacks and further empowers Whites, knowingly or unknowingly. This is the legacy of victimization and degradation that plays and preys on the collective esteem of a people.
Sounds like a Joy Degruy-Leary book to me…
Can years of enduring racial discrimination leave a person as damaged as a returning soldier? New research seems to suggest just that.
A recent study out of Penn State University has found that chronic exposure to racial discrimination is analogous to the pressure troops can feel in combat and war. Researchers found that many African-Americans who’ve been faced with racism struggle with debilitating stress similar to soldiers returning home from war.
According to the study:
African-Americans who reported in a survey that they experienced more instances of racial discrimination had significantly higher odds of suffering generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) some time during their lives. -Clutch Magazine