Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome Speaker Visits St. Louis

1 decade 2 years 2 months ago Friday, April 21 2006 Apr 21, 2006 Friday, April 21, 2006 1:33:42 PM CDT April 21, 2006 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - An Oregon social work professor visits St. Louis next week to share her theory on post-traumatic slave syndrome. Joy DeGruy Leary says her work on the subject and book of the same name is not a clinical diagnosis. She speaks next Friday at the White Privilege Conference, a four-day event addressing white privilege and oppression in the black community. The conference opens Wednesday and is hosted by the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Leary's theory is a scholarly observation of the impact of slavery on black culture 150 years after it ended in the U.S. The Portland State University professor says the absence of opportunity for blacks to heal, plus the trauma of history, creates post traumatic slave syndrome for many.

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