Because they lived and worked in such close proximity, house servants and their owners tended to form more complex relationships. Black and white children were especially in a position to form bonds with each other. In most situations, young children of both races played together on farms and plantations. Black children might also become attached to white caretakers, such as the mistress, and white children to their black nannies. Because they were so young, they would have no understanding of the system they were born into. But as they grew older they would learn to adjust to it in whatever ways they could.
The diets of enslaved people were inadequate or barely adequate to meet the demands of their heavy workload. They lived in crude quarters that left them vulnerable to bad weather and disease. Their clothing and bedding were minimal as well. Slaves who worked as domestics sometimes fared better, getting the castoff clothing of their masters or having easier access to food stores.
The heat and humidity of the South created health problems for everyone living there. However, the health of plantation slaves was far worse than that of whites. Unsanitary conditions, inadequate nutrition and unrelenting hard labor made slaves highly susceptible to disease. Illnesses were generally not treated adequately, and slaves were often forced to work even when sick. The rice plantations were the most deadly. Black people had to stand in water for hours at a time in the sweltering sun. Malaria was rampant.
One of the worst conditions that enslaved people had to live under was the constant threat of sale. Even if their master was "benevolent," slaves knew that a financial loss or another personal crisis could lead them to the auction block. Also, slaves were sometimes sold as a form of punishment. And although popular sentiment as well as the economic self-interest on the part of the owners encouraged keeping mothers and children and sometimes fathers together, these norms were not always followed.
Immediate families were often separated. If they were kept together, they were almost always sold away from their extended families. Grandparents, sisters, brothers, and cousins could all find themselves forcibly scattered, never to see each other again. Even if they or their loved ones were never sold, slaves had to live with the constant threat that they could be.
African American women had to endure the threat and the practice of sexual exploitation. There were no safeguards to protect them from being sexually stalked, harassed, or raped, or to be used as long-term concubines by masters and overseers. The abuse was widespread, as the men with authority took advantage of their situation. Even if a woman seemed agreeable to the situation, in reality she had no choice.
Slave men, for their part, were often powerless to protect the women they loved. The drivers, overseers, and masters were responsible for plantation discipline. Slaves were punished for not working fast enough, for being late getting to the fields, for defying authority, for running away, and for a number of other reasons. The punishments took many forms, including whippings, torture, mutilation, imprisonment, and being sold away from the plantation. Slaves were even sometimes murdered. Some masters were more "benevolent" than others, and punished less often or severely. But with rare exceptions, the authoritarian relationship remained firm even in those circumstances.
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In addition to the authority practiced on individual plantations, slaves throughout the South had to live under a set of laws called the Slave Codes. The codes varied slightly from state to state, but the basic idea was the same: the slaves were considered property, not people, and were treated as such. Slaves could not testify in court against a white, make contracts, leave the plantation without permission, strike a white even in self-defense , buy and sell goods, own firearms, gather without a white present, possess any anti-slavery literature, or visit the homes of whites or free blacks.
The killing of a slave was almost never regarded as murder, and the rape of slave women was treated as a form of trespassing. In our culture and it seems, especially in therapy, we ignore the anger of women and it's effects on the people in their world,bring to the table. It is surprising to me that, even though we know that women are violent and abusive and not above using sex to get their way read Lori Girshcik's book, Woman-to-Woman Violence , that the world of therapy hasn't been more adamant about reforming our attitudes about these issues.
I for one would never go a white female therapist again. After 7 hours and a lot of money , i fired her and left the relationship. To my knowledge , the therapist, never realized what she had done even though i was clear and adamant about her process and it's bias Could you comment please? I agree that my therapy co-professionals too often do not label anger, and especially women's anger, as pathological.
Did you know that our diagnostic manual, the DSM, does not even list anger as a diagnosable problem?! In this regard, my hunch is that it was not so much that your therapist was white or female as that, as you correctly point out, there's a larger cultural problem here of under-diagnosis of women's anger that you tripped into. Also the section on guidelines for talking. Too many couples therapists let too much poor and hurtful communication patterns slip by without adequate feedback.
At the same time, I'm concerned about you Angel. Be sure that you don't let others' mistakes block you from getting help with upgrading your own partnership skills. The clearer you are about what healthy interactions look like, the more effectively you will pick a partner who together with you can build a strong and loving relationship. Thank you for your response Dr. The problem,with my therapist approach, which is associative to her race, was her inexperience in understanding the subleties and nuances of my life experiences as a man of color,so that she could of used the knowledge effectively in building a case study.
I believe the psychological community does a poor job of training its practitioners in the realities of cultural competency. It seems to me that there is an assumption that such skills are not needed. From my understanding, of psychotherapy, Urui Bronfenfrenner's ecological model would have appropriate to use in my circumstance.
It is not wise to trust or believe in a system that so little regard for who i am. It is inexcusable that the world of therapy, considering it's aggressive support of issues surrounding violence against women, refuses to deal with honestly and with integrity, women's anger and its impact on society. It is somewhat difficult to feel empathy for any group of people,in this case women, who shout and scream at the top of their lungs about what happens top them ,but, then refuse to own their stuff!
Women have traditionaly used this issue to hurt men in despicable ways and cover themselves in a cloak of deception. I have for all my life had to hear about how horrible and violent i am as a man of color, with white middle class women lead the charge and black women too. Yet, when confronted with the results of their own excess they want empathy they don't give. Why should any man trust such a system? However, since so many women in the bay area, are so unaware of any of what we are discussing the numbers of eligible women from which to choose are relatively small.
But thats ok, i feel better knowing the real deal. Hi Angel, I'm a therapist in private practice and I want to tell you that not all therapists are culturally incompetent. Graduate programs have paid increasing attention to cultural issues in assessment and therapy, but we still have a long way to go as a profession. Let's face it, we all have them, whether we want to admit it or not. It's also ok to admit that we, as therapists, don't know everything. I am not afraid to ask my clients about any cultural gaffes I may have committed or if something they say or don't say or do or don't do is because of a cultural difference.
Being a female therapist of colour, I know exactly what my clients go through when they tell me about certain experiences growing up with discrimination, racist, etc. Then again, it may not.
It could be because I take the time to ask questions about these experiences that have a lasting impact on the clients I work with. I hope that you will give therapy another try, this time with a professional who is skilled at working with people from non-majority groups. Hello Hazel, i'm sure your correct in your assertion that not all therapist are culturally incompetent as well as your assertion that we all have our biases. However, i cannot allow that in the professional context of therapy, that it should be excused, There must be a higher standard than that for the professional community.
In early childhood development, we are just now beginning to study the impact of fathers on the child's sense of self. On anger issues, for a man of color like myself, it is almost impossible to discuss the anger and violence of black women or white women and it's impact on her community. Or when it is discussed it only to get him to take all of the responsibility. That the world of therapy hasn't done a better of correcting our cultures misguided view of domestic violence, rape and abuse to include the new? You raise excellent points and I wholeheartedly agree with you about not accepting nor excusing poor quality care.
I can only speak about the Canadian context as this is where I am from and where I received my graduate training. Four months out of years which is how long it takes to complete a doctorate these days is negligible. When these students are working at their practicum or internship sites, it is not a guarantee that their clinical supervisors are culturally competent therapists many are not, based on my experiences.
Researchers are not as up-to-date as they would like to think. The role of fathers in early childhood development, as you pointed out, has only recently become a topic worthy of research.
Another interesting topic that is only beginning to receive some attention is singlism the discrimination and stereotyping of single people. It is something I have pointed out since my undergraduate days and was met with ridicule and contempt. This was over ten years ago.
When these students are working at their practicum or internship sites, it is not a guarantee that their clinical supervisors are culturally competent therapists many are not, based on my experiences. Yellen, and Michael L. When you do have money to spend, spend it on the relationship. While some couples in sexless marriages are happy, the reality is that the more sex a couple has, the happier they are together. The benevolence and mercy that inspire God's actions and provide the key for understanding them become so very much closer to man that they take on the traits of the man Jesus, the Word made flesh. Are you generous toward your partner?
Never mind the fact that I knew this topic would eventually catch some researchers' interest and attention when I was in junior high. My main reason for pursuing a career in psychology was because I knew the care people from non-majority populations receive is not as good as it can be. I felt that I could do a much better job treating members from non-dominant groups.