"And" I added, "some people are socially indoctrinated and have internalized political, ideological or religious identities crafted by external agencies, so that they think that races exist....."
We are all people. Racism was invented by British Christian Oligarchs as a tool of social division.
Fact : The vast majority of us are good, lovely vulnerable people, and we are all to some extent traumatised and oppressed because we live within this war making social power system.
Consider PTSS and PTSD.
Post Trauma Stress Symptoms: What the person presents. The person is wounded, shocked, traumatised and distressed and the lack of environmental safety and psychological resolution leads to long term symptoms of distress. Understandably so.
The system claims the traumatised suffer a disorder. "There's something wrong with you!"
The Survivors says "no, these are the symptoms of my trauma and I am even distressed that you suggest that I am disordered - your system of power that generates so much trauma is what is disordered!"
Quite a difference, eh?
"There are things that happen in that child's life that should not have happened, and things that did not happen that should have happened, and that is a big part of why they feel the way they do. How can we help that child in his or her distress?"
What would be your diagnosis?
The wisest response and probably the most efficacious answer would be best based on what evidence we are aware of that can is verified, as a matter of due diligence, with a careful eye to all the possible outcomes.
This is a current 'diagnosis' I am working on.
Make of it what you will.
The Origins of Unhappiness - a new understanding of personal distress by David Smail
"It is the main argument of this book that emotional and psychological distress is often brought about through the operation of social-environmental powers which have their origin at a considerable distance from those ultimately subjected to them. On the whole, psychology has concerned itself very little with the field of power which stretches beyond our immediate relations with each other, and this has led to serious limitations on the explanatory power of the theories it has produced.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181836/ - paper on how trauma affects our brains
https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2007/05/brain-function - "Exposure to trauma may create enough changes in the brain to sensitize people to overreact to an innocuous facial gesture years later, even in people who don't have a stress-related disorder, says new research. It appears that proximity to high-intensity traumas can have long lasting effects on the brain and behavior of healthy people without causing a current clinical disorder. But these subtle changes could increase susceptibility to mental health problems later on."
What is left then is living with the symptoms of trauma, and being cared for with that in mind, such that the symptoms abate and living can continue with less distress and more security and love.
PTSS , PTSD, Post Trauma Stress Symptoms, Chronic Trauma, Intergenerational Trauma. all these terms are varied ways of observing what our experience means. They are not labels; they are directions, themes, narratives, patterns and the individual cannot be correlated with the general pattern, each experience is uniquely that if that particular person.
More care is need in the public discourse on matters of importance to our collective community, our shared realities and experience.
Let us rest, and let us heal. As a cry from the heart, not as a demand or expectation. It is what it is.
"There are no races." a good friend said to me, sitting in his yard; "there are only language groups"
I think he has a point. We're all human beings living within social cultural systems predicated on leveraged power, power that protects itself with extreme violence. That hurts everyone.
Do what you love, it's Your Gift to Universe