“For fifty years predjudiced white men and abject, boot lickin, gut lacking, favor seeking Negroes have been insulting our intelligence with a tale that goes like this; segregation is not evil. Negroes are better off by themselves. They can get equal treatment and be happier if they live and move and have their being off by themselves. But any Negro who uses this theoretical possibility as a justification for segregation is either dumb, or mentally dishonest, or else he has like Esau, chosen a mess of pottage.”
The World of Justice Thurgood Marshall By Carl T. Rowan 1993 pg. 63
Stockholm syndrome refers to a group of psychological symptoms that occur in some persons in a captive or hostage situation. It has received considerable media publicity in recent years because it has been used to explain the behavior of such well-known kidnapping victims as Patty Hearst (1974) and Elizabeth Smart (2002). The term takes its name from a bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, in August 1973. The robbers took four employees of the bank (three women and one man) into the vault with and kept them hostage for 131 hours. After the employees were finally released, they appeared to have formed a paradoxical emotional bond with their captors; telling reporters that they saw the police as their enemy rather than the bank robbers, and that they had positive feelings toward the criminals.
The syndrome was first named by, Nils Bejerot (1921–1988), a medical professor who specialized in addictionresearch and served as a psychiatric consultant to the Swedish police during the standoff at the bank. Stockholm syndrome is also known as Survival Identification Syndrome.
Causes & symptoms:
Stockholm syndrome does not affect all hostages (or persons in comparable situations); in fact, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) study of over 1200 hostage-taking incidents found that 92% of the hostages did not develop Stockholm syndrome. FBI researchers then interviewed flight attendants who had been taken hostage during airplane hijackings, and concluded that three factors are necessary for the syndrome to develop:
(1) The crisis situation lasts for several days or longer.
(2) The hostage takers remain in contact with the hostages; that is, the hostages are not placed in a separate room.
(3) The hostage takers show some kindness toward the hostages or at least refrain from harming them. Hostages abused by captors typically feel anger toward them and do not usually develop the syndrome.
(4) In addition, people who often feel helpless in other stressful life situations or are willing to do anything in order to survive seem to be more susceptible to developing Stockholm syndrome if they are taken hostage.
People with Stockholm syndrome report the same symptoms as those diagnosed with posttraumatic stressdisorder (PTSD) : insomnia, nightmares, general irritability, difficulty concentrating, being easily startled, feelings of unreality or confusion, inability to enjoy previously pleasurable experiences, increased distrust of others, and flashbacks.
Most black folks are familiar with, or have met someone who suffers from Uncle Ruckus disease or Uncle Tom Syndrome. It is so well known, the persona became a character in a major comic strip, Boondocks. In America today, the sociopath meets the syndrome at the nexus of fame and at least fleeting fortune. Mass murderers like James Holmes are motivated in part, by the lure of infamy, and seeing their pictures on TV. With white racist willing to pay 10’s if not 100’s of thousands of dollars for Negroes willing to provide racial cover and justification, money and acceptance provide powerful motivations to enter the world of race prostitution in the media. The chains may no longer be iron, but the chattel remains.
Case in point…