Joy Leary Discusses the Impact of Racism Denial on N. America

I thought this might be a good companion piece to the list in the previous post as well. It is a section of Dr. Joy Leary’s discussion of her amazing book Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome. While the bulk of her work is on the impact of racism on communities that experience it and how to heal, this section of her talk is about the larger issue of racism in N. America. She discusses how denial and lies about racism keep N. America and the people living in it trapped in a cycle of abuse-recrimination-violence-and-pain. For everyone who has ever had the urge to say “there isn’t enough time in the day to deal with the oppressions that don’t impact me or matter as much to me” and everyone who has been the target of the denial and violence they engage in to hide from themselves what they are saying, this is an important talk to watch and reflect on; the whole talk is available on youtube.

5 thoughts on “Joy Leary Discusses the Impact of Racism Denial on N. America

  1. What a coincidence. There must be some sort of zeitgeist in the air or something because I was going to post something related to this topic on my blog that I watched yesterday on YouTube. It was lawyer/author Michelle Alexander giving a talk on her book “The New Jim Crow”. You should check it out.

    • Nice to see you hear swandiver🙂 The title of Alexander’s book alone sounds intriguing; will check it out!

  2. Denial of the existance of a pathological condition does not bring us closer to the solution, whether it is HIV/AIDs or race.

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