Unpacking Dark Matter ~ Childhood Sexual Abuse in the Black Community
Unpacking Dark Matter
In Unpacking Dark Matter ~ Childhood Sexual Abuse in the Black Community, Dr. Rick Wallace explicitly addresses the need to confront this mammoth issue in the Black community without a filter.
As a psychotherapist, I have encountered more than my share of Black women and Black men who were victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA). While the Black community has become quite adept at pretending that this 10-ton elephant is not in the room, and while the housekeepers of our culture have mastered the art of sweeping this atrocity under the rug, we cannot deny its repercussions as the reverberate throughout our existence.
When you have young Black girls giving birth to children that were sired by blood relatives, we must be prepared for the identity crisis and the devastating self-concept and self-esteem that will be the result. Imagine a young girl who is yet to discover who she is giving birth to a child that was sired by her own father. Allow me the latitude necessary to elucidate the gravity of the situation. We are talking about a young Black female give birth to both, a son or daughter and a brother or sister. This type of occurrence serves as the prologue to multitudinous pathologies and dysfunctional behavior that will become so prevalent in the community that it is embraced as part of Black culture.
In my most recent book, Born in Captivity: Psychopathology as a Legacy of Slavery, I deal with a number of pathologies that embedded into the psyche of the Black collective, and it is hard to find one more devastating than the violation of our children and women.
The Black man has failed miserably in his responsibility to protect and cover his woman and his progeny. We have become self-consumed and narcissistic to the point of complete separation from our social and filial responsibilities as men. We have created a situation in which 75 percent of Black children will be born into a single-parent household, which is a complete reversal of the numbers from 1960.
What we must understand that pretending that this is not an issue does not eliminate the repercussions it creates. Sweeping it under the rug only creates lumps and imbalances that we end up tripping over later. We are going to have to visit this consistently and honestly if we ever want to truly experience liberation.
There is an old African adage that states, “If there is no enemy on the inside, the enemy on the outside can do us no harm!” We cannot deny the existence of White Supremacy Racism in American and around the world, but our greatest enemy is not racism or the white race. Right now, our greatest enemy is ourselves and the internal destruction we are inflicting upon one another.
The time for change and elevation is now, but this change begins with an honest assessment of who and where we are as a collective. It begins with a commitment from Black men that we will protect the Black woman and not just those in our home but all of them. We must stand as physical protectors and spiritual covering over them, and we must be determined to love them back to life.
I say love them back to life because they have been killed on a certain level. They have had the life drained from them, and now they are simply in survival mode. They don’t trust us, and for good reason. It is up to us to rise up to the level of our design and responsibility as men and protect and nurture that which we have been entrusted with! ~ Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.
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