Trauma is the buzz taking place in communities that care to address the affects of colonialism. “Colonialism” the lead cause for this trauma is not openly spoken about in all these forums. Instead the focus is trauma in the home which mostly like was catalyst of colonialism. If slow and steady wins the race then i can say we are slowly beginning to address the mental stress placed on people to conform to a delusional state of white/black superior/inferior mentality.
i recently joined a facebook group called “Trauma Sensitive Schools” to connect to resources and advocate for addressing the icebergs at the schools. Schools are looking to become community schools aka a new model based on basic needs for the demographics. What we need from these public resources is the understanding of diversity and not the conformity of a white/black mentality. Here is there mission:
The Attachment & Trauma Network has been the VOICE for traumatized children and their families since 1995. Through our mission of Support-Education-Advocacy, we seek to improve the lives of children impacted by early childhood trauma, abuse and neglect, and prenatal exposures in their families, schools and communities. We believe that trauma-informed, attachment-focused therapy and teaching parents therapeutic parenting strategies are significant factors in helping our children overcome their early traumas and build resiliency and healthy relationships. We believe that trauma-informed schools are the best educational environment for all children, but especially the significant population of children impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Open dialogue about the affects of colonialism is not being addressed by institutions instead the families are being focused as if all the trauma is genetic. Mental health and cultural advocates are raising flags and awareness on the need to #EndRapeCulture aka White/Black mentality. The crazy part is that some of these advocates have accepted the labeling of colonialism and call themselves black people. If these advocates were to accept that term then flip the script like a group labeled black in California did; this group’s mentality was if you are going to label me black then i will call myself a Black Panther. Showing the resilience of the African American culture while accepting the white/black mentality.
i met Dr. Yaba Blay during a screening of an Ava DuVernay movie. Ava was present and the two in the room were distant. I didn’t see two advocates coming together supporting one another. I saw two advocates sharing a platform much like i’m sharing the story of Africans not loving their complexion as did Dr. Yaba Blay and her “Professional Black Girl” brand does. The difference in our advocacy is that i don’t accept colonialism terms where as Dr. Blay displays the term proudly as her brand. This presents another hick up in the world of advocacy and how we as African Americans see each other. In higher learning the departments are called African American studies not Black studies, yet African American professors cling to the colonial black term. Not sure why but they do.
i’m learning to meet people where they are. i don’t want to be the like the oppressor and refuse to place judgement on people. In meeting people where they are i’m able to build relationships that explore icebergs and give people an outlet to release if needed. i’m here for people rather we agree or not but i will not allow people to hurt me or others. Coming to the point of #EndingRapeCulture for me means connecting with a group of people who would like to reconnect or connect with our African and Native American culture. Not with hate in our hearts but with the understanding that we have purpose and can position ourselves to provide for ourselves and build happy safe productive communities. Allowing us to get away from communities being built for us by a white establishment who is currently dismantling public resources and heavily vested in prison communities these days.
#MinorityMentalHealth #EndRapeCulture #StigmaFree