DIALOGUE AND DISCUSSION ON EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT AND RACE
One particular emotion addressed the separation of family, where the Poppa of a family had been sold-off by "massa" when
the little boy was 8 years old and how the rest of the family reacted
and responded to their father being torn away from them. The boy
remarked how his father had trained his children to work in the field
and how to do other work and probably passed on family history and as
best he could, had protected his family. And when, eight years later,
came liberation, the now 16 year old voiced his desire to "find" and
reunite the family with "Popa". As this was important to this man/child,
others felt the need to begin to look immediately at how they were to
survive in a land that they had no ancestral heritage to, along the
lines of social-economics.
Then the examination of how "family separation" set-up the foundation for years of dysfunction experienced by generations of "liberated people". The resulting psychological drama, identity misappropriation, and other real and hypothetical situations having their roots in the earliest of untreated trauma. The hope was, I suspect, was for this group of individuals to begin to understand how far back many of our "today" familial problems go.
I was amazed at how I felt afterward; finding a greater historical
sense of identity and the wonder of "if" this kind of debriefing had
happened...where oh where would we be today!