Noted Scholar to Present “Segregation Stress Syndrome Trigger: The ‘Present-Day Lynching’ of Unarmed Black Men”
Professor Ruth Thompson-Miller, Ph.D., a sociologist with the University of Dayton, will speak Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Room 102 Merrill Hall from 3:45-4:45 p.m. on the topic of segregation stress syndrome, the cumulative experiences of traumatic racial events that have caused long-lasting psychological consequences for African-Americans. People who suffer from segregation stress syndrome often avoid triggers of the traumatic racial event, and they display emotional responses when reminded of the event — hyperarousal and hypervigilance that are often labeled paranoia.
The recent and ongoing killing of unarmed black men is a painful reminder and segregation stress syndrome trigger of lynching in the South. The recent deaths of Terence Crutcher, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile remind many survivors of the Jim Crow era of the violence that young black men and women faced during a dark time in America’s history.