I chose Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, by Joy DeGruy Leary, because it spoke to the reasons that I was walking around searching for the reasons why I was so angry as an African American, I needed to know why things were so unjust in this nation. The history that I was taught as a child was so vibrant and full of our successes, that the negative incidents in my African American history had to be gently explained to me and the way that we struggled past the negatives, as slaves and slave owners, had to be gently explained to me. And it is explained in this book. Dr. Joy Leary wrote this book in a way that is palatable for African Americans, and delivers very important information that other races absolutely need to know about us, if they are going to deal with us and our children.
Also, as an African American woman, watching our male counterparts struggle in America, after learning how strong they were, I had to justify the reason why they were struggling so…this book explains that very well. It helped me empathize with my fellow brother.