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Educator and Author, Joy DeGruy, Ph.D., says that African Americans or Black-Americans who are feeling frightened, isolated or angry, due to the recent, continuous violence against African Americans or Black Americans, could be Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) in connection with your DNA.

You’re reacting to recent events but what you’re feeling and how you choose to react is deep rooted in the past, as in when slavery was “legal”. Slavery still goes on today though, but that’s a different convo for a different post. PTSS was coined about 25 years ago to help explain or justify rather, the consequences of multi-generational oppression from centuries of slavery and institutionalized racism, thus helping to identify adaptable survival behaviors. DeGruy turned her study into the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, published in 2005. For quite some time, researchers have studied if and how historical trauma is passed down through generations. For Jews, Native Americans and other groups, findings suggest that memories are transmitted through DNA. DeGruy says the same concept can be applied to African Americans or Black-Americans when it comes to the impact of slavery.


PTSS and PTSD differ in the sense that PTSD results from a single traumatic direct or indirect experience. “When we look at American chattel slavery, we are not talking about a single trauma; we’re talking about multiple traumas over multiple lifetimes and over generations”, says DeGruy. “Living in Black skin is a whole other level of stress.”

DeGruy asks, what happens when stressed people lack treatment for generations? How have black people coped? What adaptive behaviors have we invented—now misinterpreted as “cultural”—to survive a toxic environment? “We have to learn to not pass along the broken material…

Do you agree with Joy DeGruy? Do you “suffer” or think you “suffer” from Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS)? Comment your thoughts!

Reference: article “Are You Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome?” written by Cindy George



Anything is possible. For centuries, we have all been continuously re-wired to believe one thing after another even with clear signs of falseness or if the new “belief(s)” contradict the previous belief(s).  For those that have not researched chattel slavery, what do we really know besides that it went on for over 60 years and was deemed unconstitutional by Abraham Lincoln? What do our parents really know, grandparents, great grandparents, anyone born after the slavery era? We are programmed or taught to believe slavery went on for an “x” amount of years, the 16th president said it was wrong, slavery’s gone. From our closest elders, they pass on or teach, generally the same thing with anger added. Only few (the awakened), really understand what is happening and has been happening since “the beginning of time”, we, as one, have been oppressed.

Some more than others maybe?

What your brain is fed and what you feed your brain re-wires you little by little. Lies = sleep sheep . This is how we (AAB) see Joy DeGruy possibly being right as far as the DNA connection, depending on her studies, which we have not reviewed.  Your DNA comes from your parents and how you perceive the world growing up, until you wake up and become your true SELF. So… do you “suffer” or think you suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome?