Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Our National Shadow Side

I learned a great deal about my shadow side from my friend, psychiatrist Dr. Robert F. Slattery, MD.

Bob helped me understand that all of us have hidden facets of ourselves which are painful to confront and own. Often, we are ashamed of our actions and even our thoughts. Too, we unconsciously imprison hurtful memories in the deepest, darkest caverns of our minds.

Then, one day, something frees them and forces us to confront those hidden terrors.

The New York Times Magazine 1619 Project is one of those unanticipated, mind-freeing, shackles-breaking, uncontrollable happenings that will help us discover and hopefully deal with our national shadow self. Please read the PDF below and watch the two interviews.

I promise you will free your mind.

For the complete 1619 Project – a free PDF – please go here.

The 1619 Project details the legacy of slavery in America

PBS NewsHour

Four hundred years ago this month, the first enslaved people from Africa arrived in the Virginia colony. To observe the anniversary of American slavery, The New York Times Magazine launched The 1619 Project to reframe America’s history through the lens of slavery. The project lead, reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.

The 1619 Project: A Nation Born in Contradiction, a Democracy Defined by Black Struggle

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