As many of you are aware, I started a thread about the things hindering Black progress; however, I allowed it to disintegrate before I really got to my point of the thread. I wanted to show the incidents and events that were traumatic or potentially traumatic for Black people since being in America based on various historical periods and use these periods to illustrate why it is foolhardy to compare the development of Black people to any other ethnic or cultural group presently found in the United States. The basis for this is due to something called historical or intergenerational trauma. Researchers have found that trauma can be passed on from one generation to the next. The children of Holocaust survivors up to the 2nd generation have been shown to exhibit effects of the trauma experienced by the survivors. Children of returning war veterans of PTSD were also shown to have traits originating from PTSD acquired from their parents. It seems that exposure to traumatic experiences can produce chemical changes in the brain which can be in turn passed on to succeeding generations. So, many people experience traumatic events and it is not race-specific. This is correct but the magnitude and duration of trauma experienced by Black people as a collective has not been endured by any other group in recent memory. The Jewish Holocaust lasted less than a generation; whereas, the enslavement of Black people, and brutal environment that accompanied it, alone encompassed 12 successive generations. The violence and forced removal of NAs did not even happen in such an absolute and sustained way. So when we see the various maladaptive thought patterns and behaviors present among Black folks today, it is extremely fair to look at the history of sustained trauma as possible origin and explanation for these thoughts and behaviors. The trauma has yet to cease even in today's society as we recently witnessed a non guilty verdict being rendered in a high profile and televised murder trial where many felt the defendant clearly went beyond what is generally deemed a normal and usual response to a threat. During the trial it almost felt as if the victim, a dead unarmed 17 year old Black male, was the one being tried as things about his background, which had no bearing on the night of his murder, were being brought up in the media. He was painted as drug using thug with disciplinary problems, but whether he was a thug or not did not contribute to his death. He was being followed and subsequently approached by an arm bearing civilian that disobeyed orders to initiate a confrontation. The outcome of this case signaled to many that Black life, in particular young Black life, is worth no more than it did when young Black people were being lynched over the theft or alleged theft of a pig. So Black people are continually going through a process of trauma and retraumatization. Some have argued that trauma experienced over a 100 years ago, supposedly from slavery, is an invalid case today to explain the stagnation of the Black race, but as studies have shown and researchers have concluded, trauma is capable of leaving residual aftereffects. Thus, one can not casually brush aside trauma as a cause due to length of time especially when the incident of trauma is sustained and long lasting itself. Elder Jamesfromphilly always says, "White supremacy will make you crazy." He is absolutely positively correct. The Black experience in America, as one of systemic oppression, violence and abuse, has caused Black people to internalize maladaptive ways of thinking, interacting, doing and living, that in terms of some may have began as survival tactics but with no current value, that have been to our detriment. So I know some are thinking what does all this have to do with semiotics, the media and Black inferiority and criminality. It all coalesce as I will show in my next post.