Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sharpton-Jackson Syndrome

Mary Grabar, whose posts are always excellent, writes 'Slave Masters of the Mind', on Here is one excerpt:

Joy DeGruy Leary has copyrighted the title "Post-Traumatic Slave Disorder" on her web page and has capitalized on this disorder that she seems to have come up with by making presentations to governmental institutions and companies like the FBI, police bureaus, school districts, universities, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and Nordstrom's. In an essay for a volume titled Should America Pay: Slavery and The [sic] Raging Debate on Reparations, Dr. Leary defines the syndrome: "PTSS theory states that African Americans sustained traumatic psychological and emotional injury as a direct result of slavery and continue to be injured by traumas caused by the larger society's policies of inequality, racism and oppression."

Grabar discussed George Washington Carver, an actual former slave, and his methods of teaching character in contrast to that of Joy DeGruy Leary's.

In an interesting sidenote, Grabar mentions that she is of Slavic ancestry, from whence we derived the term 'slave'.

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