Transgenerational Trauma

by Cherise "Reese" Charleswell

yo mama so BLACK
yo mama so DARK
yo mamaís hair is so NAPPY
bystanders laugh
regardless of how silly
these taunts sound
not realizing that they 
they have been subjected to &
lack a true understanding of
transgenerational trauma
oblivious to the fact
that they have been programmed 
to self destruct.
they subconsciously embrace
self hate
gained this disposition
as a side effect of
slavery & colonization
it is embedded in their psyche
they look in the mirror
and HATE everything that they see
DARK skin locks them into
loss of prestige
health inequities
a permanent position at the bottom rung
of society.
they have a psychological illness
manifested physiologically
not genetic,
but transmitted from mother - to - child
father - to - daughter
especially when he is not present 
and able to protect and comfort her.
given a skewered system of thinking
a history that has been denied
a culture that has been ravished
what occurred was so traumatic,
but the majority walk by clueless
dumbfounded & unable to understand all of this
they rather opt to slather their scalps
with corrosive toxics,
because they correlate bone straight hair with 
disguised by statements of about versatile styles
asked them when last they saw their own texture, their natural hair
the thought of exposing this PROOF of Blackness scares them
is internalized hate
which is transmitted to the internal womb
and is reinforced by the external built environment
deem themselves to be ladyís men
like a bee pollinating flower-after-flower
they allow their external and fertile shafts
to impregnate woman-after-woman
knowing that they donít love them
donít want to be with them
and unaware that they are simply fufillimg the role
of the enslaved Buck
on a whim, he was sold
unable to raise the children he fathered
unable to protect his daughters
from subsequent rape
unable to rear his sons
and teach them what it is to be a man
unable to show them that from which they came
No intervention can occur
No treatment may be prescribed
without the acknowledgement
of Transgenerational Trauma

Transgenerational Trauma by Cherise "Reese" Charleswell

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