Monday, June 07, 2010
The Effects on Our Families
We often try to deny the effects of what was done to us by slavery and the racist brutality we have suffered.
We say, "I'm okay, I'm all right, we're all right". In other words, we front. This is also known as denial.
This is why I wrote the article "Why We Need to Heal".
When we look at what our ancestors experienced, it is inevitable that this is still having an effect on us, our relationships, our families and our communities.
Sometimes the wounds are so deep, and the pain is so deeply buried, that we don't even realize we are still carrying it. It is unconscious. But it is still there, and it is still having an effect on our lives, our families and our communities.
When we begin to acknowledge this, we can begin to heal it.
For more about how we can begin to heal our relationships, see
How to Get What You Want in Your Relationships, and
Success Strategies for Black People.