Letters to the Black Community focuses on generational experiences of racial oppression within the Black Community and its development of the illness, internalized oppression. Internalized oppression is a byproduct of the systemic structures of racism that negatively impact the Black psyche, communal energies, and overall interpersonal relationships within the Black community. In Letters to the Black Community, Dr. Griffin discusses an array of ways the symptoms of internalized oppression manifest within the community, but she also offers general solutions to combat this maladaptive phenomenon.
The book is divided into four sections with letters directed to important groups within the Black community: The Collective, Black Men, Black Women, and Black Youth. In each section, the letters address the symptomatic manifestation of internalized oppression within each group and offers remedies targeted specifically to them.
This book is relevant for all readers interested in thoughtful exploration of the maladaptive behaviors displayed within Black communities that hinder growth, communal energies, and healing from generational racial oppression. It is my hope that we will become more conscious of our actions, spoken words, resume our communal spirit, and make positive changes where necessary.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Racism Today, 21st Century Manifestation
TO THE COLLECTIVE
Why the Struggle Continues: A Psychological Perspective
From Nigger to What’s Up My Nigga
The Comedy Show
Economics: Why Those on Top Stay There
Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
Embrace Your Junior
TO MY BROTHERS
Daddy Where Are You?
Young Man, Pants up!
Can A Brother Get A Break?
TO MY SISTERS
Sister, Allow Your Child’s Father to Be There
Do You Know Her Experience?
You Are a Queen
TO MY YOUNG BROTHERS & SISTERS
Don’t Forget to Turn Around
Young Brother & Sister, I’m Proud of You
Understanding Our Greatness