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CDR: Post-Racism Stress Disorder

Post-racism stress disorder (PRSD) is a societal and political mental health condition that is triggered by terrifying and horrific events in a nation’s history. Symptoms may include flashbacks, outrage and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable, inaccurate thoughts about the events, which may become disruptive to normal functions of society.

PRSD can cause many symptoms. These symptoms can be grouped into three categories:

1. Re-experiencing symptoms

  • Flashbacks—reliving traumatic events over and over, particularly in public or via mainstream media outlets, whether or not the afflicted individual actually experienced any such events first hand
  • Hallucinations, fabrications or false repressed memories
  • Frightening thoughts, paranoia and unfounded accusations of perceived injuries and insults
  • Irrational belief that events of the past are occurring in the present day

Re-experiencing symptoms may cause problems in a person’s everyday routine. They often start from the person’s own thoughts, feelings and self-interest. Words, objects, or situations that are reminders of events can also trigger re-experiencing.

2. Avoidance symptoms

  • Staying away from facts regarding places, events, or people that are reminders of the experience
  • Willful cognitive numbing
  • Projecting and inflicting strong feelings of guilt, repression, worry or fear to deflect from current circumstances
  • Losing interest in reality
  • Having trouble remembering or perceiving dangerous events accurately

Things, both real and imagined, that remind a person of  traumatic events can trigger avoidance symptoms. These symptoms may cause a person to change his or her personal routines and renderings of reality.  For example, after a billionaire shops unsuccessfully in Switzerland for a $38,000.00 purse to accessorize herself for Tina Turner’s wedding, she might then opine repeatedly how the United States, the population of which made her a billionaire, is a racist country which can only redeem itself by buying tickets to her latest movie release.

3. Hyperarousal symptoms

  • Being easily outraged
  • Feeling tense or “on edge”
  • Having angry, sometimes violent outbursts
  • Embracing overwhelming feelings of victimhood and entitlement

Hyperarousal symptoms are usually tiresomely constant, instead of being triggered by things that remind one of traumatic events. They can make the person feel stressed and angry. These symptoms may make it hard to do daily tasks, such as sleeping, eating, or concentrating.

It’s natural to have a genuine adverse reaction after a experiencing a dangerous, racially motivated event. Sometimes people have very serious symptoms that go away after only a few years. When the symptoms last more than a few generations, especially far beyond or completely disassociated from actual incidents, individuals and events themselves, and become an ongoing disruption to society, they might be PRSD, and lead to “clinically significant distress or impairment” of major domains of life activity, such as social relations, occupational activities, cultural and artistic expression, political, judicial and economic functionings.

See also

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President Barack Obama

#1 out of 316,530,014 Americans in Political Power

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Attorney General Eric Holder

#7 out of 316,530,014 Americans in Political Power

(U.S.  Attorney General is Seventh in Line of Succession to President)

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Oprah Winfrey

#1 out of 316,530,014 Americans in Celebrity Power

#151 out of 316,530,014 Americans in Financial Power

Forbes Magazine Profile

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“True Racism is being able to have power over somebody else.”

~Oprah Winfrey

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“If we are to make progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with one another and tolerant enough of each other to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.”

~Eric Holder

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