#PTSD—(The truth about Savages) by Pierre Pinson contributing blogger @ Instagram, Unheard_Voices19 (8/27/18)

"The jungle creed/ is the strong must feed/ on any prey they can/ I sat at the feast/ and was branded a beast/ before I ever became a man."

A 10 year old boy had to take cover when the gunfire exploded. He had become acclimated to the jungle's chaos , but nothing prepared him for the sight of a lifeless body missing its face (The next day he failed his math test). At 13 the SWAT team awakened him as they crashed through his door with their guns drawn. (The next day he skipped school. At 14 his best friend was killed by a stray bullet. That weekend he got into a fight. ¶Having been taught that suffering was synonymous with being black, his mental traumas were neglected. Ill-equipped to deal with his fears, stress, and emotions he found counsel in rap music. It was experienced enough to articulate the symptoms of his disorder but was without license to form an accurate diagnosis. However, the veracity in rap's lyrics made his own sociopathy reasonable. So, he salvage his sanity with an inaccurate self diagnosis of being crazy. Crazy was the only thing that could explain his mind, emotions, and his world. Crazy provided him his defenses; his amnesia protected his mind, his numbness protected his heart, his silence protected his loved ones, and his violence protected his life. His survival had become incumbent upon what was the antithesis of humanity's social nature.

¶Even though the judge knew that there is "no rational reaction to an irrational situation", he lumped him in with all of the other crazy black men. The system assumed that he had to be an animal in order to survive the ghetto. So, the judge gave him Hell when he needed help.

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¶Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health problem that develops after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event such as the ones our children experience in ghettos everyday. We cannot ignore the fact that experiencing these horrors contributes to the cycles of addiction, violence, and incarceration. Society cannot rely on the racist ideology that suggests that blacks are animals by nature and cannot be affected by issues such as PTSD. We cannot resolve issues of mental disorder by pretending they do not exist. PTSD is ingrained in the DNA of Black folk. It began with children being born under trauma of slavery, and it continues with the trauma of the constant war waged upon Black sanity. Before you dismiss someone as crazy remember that their crazy may be a manifestation of pain neglected

¶PTSD has the following symptoms: RELIVING THE EVENT: Which includes haunting memories, nightmares, and even flashbacks. AVOIDING REMINDERS: Includes avoiding situations, people, or places that trigger memories of the trauma. Avoiding talking or thinking about the event. NEGATIVITY: Perception of self and others may change. One may feel that the world is against him/her and that they are unable to trust anyone. PARANOIA: One may be on edge, have trouble concentrating or sleeping or be easily angered, irritable, and prone to engage in acts that are unhealthy like; Self-medicating, smoking, reckless driving, or promiscuity. #STAY WOKE #PTSD

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