by Kenneth V. Hardy Produced by Steve Lerner
This video is a catalyst for discussion, a tool for beginning to move toward a more promising future by honestly confronting this deeply significant and painful aspect of our collective past--in clinical environments, classrooms, and other settings for enhancing cultural sensitivity and awareness.
"When we consider that Black people have not been out of slavery for as long as our ancestors were in it, the brutal realities of slavery become rather chilling, and terrifyingly close to us in time."Kenneth V. Hardy, from the video
To most White Americans today, slavery is a non-issue, a thing of the past. Yet recent dramatic turning points in American race relations--the OJ Simpson trial and Rodney King incident--make it all to evident that the wounds left by centuries of slavery have still not healed. As internationally acclaimed family therapist and educator Kenneth V. Hardy observes in this compelling video, slavery remains a "contemporary ghost" that shapes African Americans' self-image and their relationships to one another and with White Americans. Thus, understanding slavery and its legacy is essential for any human service provider attempting to work with African Americans. An immensely useful and skillfully presented resource, the program draws upon the clinical expertise of Dr. Hardyn and producer Steve Lerner, practicing family therapist and founding director of Menninger Video Productions.
Behind a backdrop of powerful historical and contemporary imagery, Hardy clearly demonstrates the importance of recognizing and openly addressing the past to lay the groundwork for genuine dialogue, understanding, and healing in the here-and-now. This video is a catalyst for discussion, a tool for beginning to move toward a more promising future by honestly confronting this deeply significant and painful aspect of our collective past--in clinical environments, classrooms, and other settings for enhancing cultural sensitivity and awareness.
Viewers will learn:
- How residual trauma resulting from slavery shapes the contemporary African American psychological experience
- Ways the legacy of slavery continues to divide African Americans and White people today
- Why feelings of guilt and shame about slavery may lead to avoidance, denial and trivialization of this issue by White Americans
The video is an excellent resource for:
- Fostering awareness and insight among non-Black practitioners and human service providers who work with African American clients
- Triggering candid discussions in multicultural training courses, clinical settings, classrooms, and beyond
- Promoting classroom discussions on slavery, Black history, American history, and current events
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