How it robs Americans of our human rights.

Since the founding of our nation, we have displayed an appetite for violence.  While our way of life is also founded on the rule of law, those with power have abused the Constitution by writing laws that served their need to control others – unfairly and with impunity.

Here’s a short list of sources of violence that permeates just about every aspect of American life today. Violence most often originates from anger and fear and greed, in my opinion.

• Implicit bias in all of us slants how we perceive diversity in our society and has been shown to lead to violent situations.

• TV shows and movies about crime and wars paint bad behavior by good people in a way that can become a behavioral model for young and old.

• Since the end of World War II, we have been involved in ongoing wars and PTSD-impacted violence to others and suicides have resulted.

• Capital punishment (the death penalty) is a popular method of dealing with a capital offense; killing is wrong so we in response kill the perpetrator.

• Bullying stemming from prejudice and racism from anyone with power from school yard bullies to politicians and police officers.

• Mass shootings/school shootings because our politicians and others have glamorized the owning and use of guns, encouraging vigilantism and hate crimes indiscriminately.

• Poverty that breeds crime in urban and rural areas in the form of carjackings, armed robberies, burglaries, arson, drive-by shootings, and turf wars.

• Domestic abuse – even in our homes, we take out our anger on those we profess to love.

• Rape and sexual harassment are also acts of violence.

When violence occurs,  victim(s) lose their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, our basic human rights. We need to find ways to learn how to solve disagreements without violence, to lower our propensity toward anger, and replace it with a desire to understand, agree to disagree, and find solutions that do not require harming anyone.

The violence in our society comes in many forms. The "permission" we believe justifies hate and violence is often derived from 17th Century ignorance, greed and racism. And why many believe that their prejudices are justified, most are based on false assumptions and lies handed down over the years.

The video below, a lecture by Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary from 2014, is long (one hour and 21 minutes). It provides not only a history, but concrete examples of how that history and today's attitudes, still held by many, rationalizes the racism, abuse, and violence, which she calls Post Traumatic Slave Syndome. Please watch it now.

Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. She is an ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past, and continue to struggle through the present. Dr. Leary is the acclaimed author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome — America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: The Study Guide, with a second book in the works , Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Part 2: Be The Healing.

Dr. Leary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications; two master degrees in Social Work and Clinical Psychology; and a PhD in Social Work Research. With over 20 years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives a practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society.

Through lectures, workshops, seminars and special guest appearances, Dr. Leary has shined a light on the critical issues affecting society. Those who have experienced her in person can tell you that they have been “stimulated, enlightened and inspired.” Dr. Leary's seminars have been lauded as the most dynamic and inspirational currently being presented on the topics of culture, race relations and contemporary social issues.

For readers who are pressed for time, check out this shorter Racism Explained video. Consider what's being said.

But to get a more historical, factual understanding anchored in fact and not the fiction many use to incite hate, fear and violence, come back to view the longer video above.

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