Video: Dr Hardy On Racial Trauma Dynamics

February 22, 2017

The dynamics of racial trauma on the lives of young people was the topic of a meeting this evening [Feb 22] at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity Hall in Hamilton, with an international expert providing a presentation.

Dr Kenneth Hardy presentation Bermuda Feb 22 2017 (3)

Dr. Kenneth Hardy visited the island at the request of Family Centre to “provide training to social service providers on the dynamics of racial trauma and also to provide an interactive session with the public on the same topic.”

Dr Kenneth Hardy presentation Bermuda Feb 22 2017 (2)

In announcing his visit, the Family Centre said that the public will have the opportunity to spend an evening with Dr. Hardy as he “provides an in-depth comprehensive analysis of the dynamics of racial trauma and how the life experiences of many youth of color are organized by it. He will explore and outline hidden trauma wounds and how they limit the life experience and choices of many youth of color.”

Dr Kenneth Hardy presentation Bermuda Feb 22 2017 (1)

Dr.Hardy is a Professor of Family Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is the Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York City. He is an internationally recognized clinician, author, educator, and consultant.

The 90-minute live video replay is below:

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  1. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
    And all this time um been labeled a racist

    • James says:

      You are tho

    • hmmm says:

      No, you are a racist. Take responsibility of self.

      • I guess you can say um a racIST in a possitive sense as someone who has passionate interest, knowledge and concern for my race. Like an artIST, chemIST, etc.
        After centuries off ATROCITY against my people without any formal apology and compensation, Im the villain for speaking Truth to power, seems like you all need help.

    • The Truth is an offence but not a sin.
      We all know its an embarrassing History, but if we’re not mature enough to have an open dialogue to address our present social status of bias and how it effects and has effected our society, then we will never move foward.

  2. Ben S says:

    Onion, you have been labelled accurately …

    • Black people can only be racist if we formed an ideology or systemic belief that we are superior to another race and economically and socially disadvantage another race because of colour and cultural difference.
      So I submit that Black people CAN NOT be racist but prejudice.
      School is out.

      • Earth watch police says:

        Juice you can deflect but you can’t change your hate and it will consume you .

  3. George says:

    If you truly believe your are a sufferer of a post traumatic syndrome Onion Juice then you should see a psychologist/psychiatrist. Like any other sufferer of a psychological condition addressing the issue starts first with acknowledgment and then seeking help. I would encourage you to do so as soon as you can!

    • Most all Black people suffer from it who live in racist societies.

    • Elise says:

      While blacks may be the direct recipients of racially driven traumas, the perpetrators and witnesses are also psychologically affected. We are collectively a community of damaged people. When perpetrators and witnesses lose their humanity and empathy for others they pass it on to their offspring whether consciously or not. So they too recognize their unwell condition and place themselves in a position to be healed in order for compassion and understanding and empathy to return.

  4. know your history says:

    In order to get pass it we need to talk about it and acknowledge it and then find ways for healing for both sides. In our community this would really be in forms of social economic opportunities and development and spiritual development. There will be a long period for those of us who are comfortable to become uncomfortable and assist where and when needed. We really need to decide what type of community we want to be and stop living in silos. Each one reach one and teach one and be the change you want to see.

  5. James Rego says:


    A person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

    • Sounds like Trump to me.

    • Elise says:

      Let’s not get carried away with name calling. It is a distraction. A deliberate intention to blame the victim who is reacting to injustice and it takes the attention away from perpetrators. We all must become fully conscious or our motives behind what we speak and write. That requires becoming very intimate with our own inner workings and being
      completely honest with ourselves. Try not to take comments personally. If we genuinely want to heal the mess we are in it requires engaging in an honest and respectful manner and owning what is ours. It is not just the job of blacks to do this. It requires all of us.