In honor of the snow day in the North East, we thought we’d give you something to watch/listen to as you grade papers, plan the rest of the unit or if you just take today and relax.
As educators of students of the African Diaspora, it is important; it is integral that you understand the hills we have to climb in order to best meet the needs of our students. I don’t think anyone has laid out a more clear understanding of what we face other than Dr. Joy Degruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing.
I’m so grateful for Dr. Degruy and her love of Black folk. The more engaged I have become in academia, the more I realize the importance of having Black educators crafting theories about us, outside of the white gaze of the majority. When I read this book, it gave me peace while helping me to understand what we face, as we endeavor to educate descendants of formerly enslaved human beings.
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome explains that our students and possibly us, are suffering from vacant esteem, racist socialization and ever present anger and that we must work to mitigate the effects caused by America’s legacy of slavery.
I’m sure after you listen to her, you will be dying to read the research.
Enjoy your snow day and if you’re at work today, make the best of it!
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