I'm posting this thread in the "African Holistic Health" forum because of it being a matter of our psychological health. While I was deeply contemplating our status in amerikkka (prisoners of war), I started to question why it was so difficult for us to recognize this fact. Then it hit me. I remembered something I came across once in the area of psychology called "stockholm syndrome" and I did a little research on it. To make a long story short, I have become CONVINCED that this is the case for Africans in amerikkka. I'm about to put together an informational brochure that explores this angle of the African experience in amerikkka (don't know if I got the "juice" to write an entire book on the subject). Anyways, here's a little information about stockholm syndrome. Just something to think about.
Stockholm Syndrome describes the behavior of kidnap victims who, over time, become sympathetic to their captors. The name derives from a 1973 hostage incident in Stockholm, Sweden. At the end of six days of captivity in a bank, several kidnap victims actually resisted rescue attempts, and afterwards refused to testify against their captors.
While some people are suggesting the recent Elizabeth Smart kidnapping sounds like a case of Stockholm Syndrome, the most famous incident in the U.S. involved the kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst. Captured by a radical political group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974, Ms. Hearst eventually became an accomplice of the group, taking on an assumed name and assisting them in several bank robberies. After her re-capture, she denounced the group and her involvement.
What causes Stockholm Syndrome? Captives begin to identify with their captors initially as a defensive mechanism, out of fear of violence. Small acts of kindness by the captor are magnified, since finding perspective in a hostage situation is by definition impossible. Rescue attempts are also seen as a threat, since it's likely the captive would be injured during such attempts.
It's important to note that these symptoms occur under tremendous emotional and often physical duress. The behavior is considered a common survival strategy for victims of interpersonal abuse, and has been observed in battered spouses, abused children, prisoners of war, and concentration camp survivors.