Breaking The Chains: A Cycle That Plagues Black America

#GrowingUpBlack

Nia On Air

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Now more than ever, it is time for the black community to start a change in our communities. With the stress of being raised in a home to a single mother of three, the rules differed. My mother was raised in the south during Jim Crow in Little Rock, Arkansas, so my morals come from a southern place taught to respect our elders, speak when you enter a room, clean up your mess, everybody sometimes loses, etc. My counterparts are probably asking or saying I grew up with the same issues. However, it isn’t the same. Let me explain why!

Trauma

My grandmother just turned 84 this year, which would place her birth year in 1936. My grandmother’s father, my great grandfather, was a slave-making his father the slave master. There are reasons that I understand now the “spanking” aspect of growing up and how in black communities, our traumas are passed along to generations. Imagine being disciplined as a slave from “whippings” and then (her mother and father would punish my grandmother) would discipline their children in the same way a slave would be punished.

Traumas are carried down from generations of suffering. Today, my grandmother is not in the mindset of spanking anymore. Now, I realized, looking back, that my grandmother was working her hardest to…

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Nia On Air

Mental Health Survivor, Poetry Lover, Thought Speaker — Twitter: @Forever_Kesha21 Podcast on Anchor:https://anchor.fm/niaonair.