Talking The Trauma of Colonialism

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).

http://www.attachmenttraumanetwork.org/

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.

Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey  

July 9 at 11:51am · 

 have black people accepted the inferior position in our country?

have black people accepted the inferior position in our country?

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Chandra Dumas

Chandra Dumas Yup for the past 500 years

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Hussain Muhammad

Hussain Muhammad They’ve accepted it Indirectly. And many are afraid to think outside the box. And many are complacent because they function from a misunderstood Christianity.

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 · July 9 at 12:09pm

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Donnell L Jones

Donnell L Jones I think some have and some haven’t

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 · July 9 at 12:17pm

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April Byars Lee

April Byars Lee I would say yes. Integration is why I think we have.

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 · July 9 at 12:17pm

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Hussain Muhammad

Hussain Muhammad You may have a point there sister.

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 · July 10 at 5:40am

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Kenneth Gales

Kenneth Gales Not conscious Black People! Now if we could just wake the rest of us UP we might just start seeing necessary and immediate change to rectify our own issues!! Ijs!! 🙏🏿

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Ronnie Hunt

Ronnie Hunt Black people are to soft you must fight fire with fire this war has been go on way to long 500 years long, stop fighting and killing each other
stand up against the real enemies.

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Faakhiyr Amiyn ABdul-Baseer

Faakhiyr Amiyn ABdul-Baseer YESS YESS YESS….Africans THINKIN in English speaking in ENGLISH, Worshiping a EUROPEAN MAN IMAGE OF a so-called SON OF GOD JESUS CHRIST… adopting Eurpean and ARAB cultures to guide them INSTEAD OF LEARNING UNDERSTANDING OUR OWN….. YESS WE HAVE FOOLISHLY ABANDONED OUR CULTURE AND ACCEPTED INFERIORITY in this WHITE SUPREMACIST WORLD

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Trine Smith

Trine Smith First of alll we must get the language right. Stop using “supremacy”, this gives them false validation, use the proper terms “white inferiority” and “white inferiority complex” thus defining the root cause and basis of the psychopathic tyrannical neurosis exibited by those who are the actual scum of the earth.

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Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey

Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey colonialism equals the scum of the earth, those bullies who force this bullshit on us all

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Bernard Collins

Bernard Collins Not this brother. Oppressed yes. Attacked yes. Neglected yes. All to supress the truth of our awesomeness.

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 · July 9 at 3:23pm

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Trine Smith

Trine Smith So it does “appear” that way, however we are a brilliant and resilient people.

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Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey

Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey thanks for all the response, i’m promoting “Don’t Label Me Black I’m A #ProudAfricanAmerican” would any of you be interested in helping me build this platform to give voice to this concern? Bro Shomari Yumy Odom Monica Wright Monica Morris-Elijah B Ra Carter Tonya Bah Ernestine Bristow Kendra Brooks King Norris Miles Chancellor Krystal Akins IROC Irvin Shannon Kevin Hart

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Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey

Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey we have culture waiting for us to reconnect!! The Five Major African Initiation Rites | afrikancounselofelders

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Faakhiyr Amiyn ABdul-Baseer

Faakhiyr Amiyn ABdul-Baseer For the record… AMERICA IS A CORPORATION OWNED BY GREAT BRITAIN

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Yvonne Haughton

Yvonne Haughton I think many have accepted without recognizing the inferiority.

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 · July 10 at 4:45pm

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Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey

Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey Some don’t know enough culture too understand

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 · July 10 at 5:05pm

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Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey

Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey What’s in how we dress ourselves?

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Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey

Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey Fashion got them liking the brokeness, buying holes in jeans which is another way of saying I’m broken

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Retired Cosmetologist reinventing myself as a professional digital media consultant. Studied Hospitality at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa Florida where I interned with "Celebrity Catering" and "Live Nation". That internship exposed me to professional catering and gave me great preparation and implementation skills. Mother of two young men, grandmother of two grandsons. I became a parent advocate first and learned that my community also needed advocating. Studying Digital Media and Black and White Photography at Community College of Philadelphia to produce professional documentation of the various issues and concerns in our society.

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