June 1, 2015, Charles Blow, NYTimes, “It can take decades, or even a lifetime, to recover if recovery is even emotionally available for the survivor.”
Can the same can be said for child/teen victims of emotional and physical abuse they experience when their unskilled, immature single moms irresponsibly introduce them to a life filled with struggle and pain in a community populated by depressed people?
Quoting a January 2011 LAWeekly interview with 2015 Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar:
“Lamar’s parents moved from Chicago to Compton in 1984 with all of $500 in their pockets. “My mom’s one of 13 siblings, and they all got six kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton,” he says.”
“I’m 6 years old, seein’ my uncles playing with shotguns, sellin’ dope in front of the apartment. My moms and pops never said nothing, ’cause they were young and living wild, too. I got about 15 stories like ‘Average Joe.'”
Yes, sexual abuse is harmful and often leads individual victims to experience a lifetime of nightmares. However, the environment of emotional child abuse/neglect Kendrick clearly describes appears to harm scores if not thousands of children every day.
Dr. Joy DeGruy eloquently writes/speaks about ‘cognitive dissonance’ and its relation to Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.
Imagine you’re Kendrick, being schooled by you’re teachers and society@large to be a good kid, then imagine Kendrick walking home from school to Lord knows what?
Is Kendrick’s life tormented by “cognitive dissonance?”