On Saturday 19th October 2013, we attended a unique conversation and workshop with Dr. Joy DeGruy organised by Tottenham Rights in conjunction with Queen Mary University. The aim of the event was to provide both an historical and current rationale to explain why it is that the, enduring legacy of slavery is still impacting on Black communities in the UK and USA today.
The workshop aimed to provide an insight into why it is that some sections of Britain’s Black communities tend to erupt as a response to oppressive and discriminatory State and law enforcement policies and practices whilst other areas remain. A relatively new theory on Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome may hold the key to our developing a better understanding of how the past has a direct bearing on the present for some Black communities.
I am familiar with the work of Dr Joy DeGruy and the ‘Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome’ but this was my first time hearing her speak live. I really enjoyed the lecture and purchased the Study Guide for the PTSS book. Thank you Stafford Scott for organising this event.