Unchained: Generational Trauma And Healing
Airs Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
—Explore the Roots of American Racism and the Processes that Usher Lasting Reconciliation—
“Unchained: Generational Trauma and Healing” is a one-hour documentary that examines the lingering trauma handed down from the American slavery system.
For example, Reverend Keith Williams the great-great-grandson of a sharecropper describes how he broke the emotional chains passed down from his slave ancestors.
We meet five generations of his family staring with Williams’ 98-year old grandmother who lived through the Jim Crow Era and his 76-year-old mother who experienced the Civil Rights Movement.
Only when Williams decides to address his hidden and unspoken hurts do we reveal real healing – a transformation seen in his children and grandchildren.
Others demonstrate the moral courage needed to face their racial attitudes:
Dr. Greg Thompson, raised in a family with supremacist roots describes his trauma of shame and confusion growing up in a community that looked down on blacks.
And Dr. David Waltz, a leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, who with honesty and bravado bears the distress from the “collective sin” of his denomination’s 150 years of injustice.
Both describe the steps they took inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream when he said, “but the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community.”
Described by Charisma Magazine as "healing in itself," this documentary brings to life stories of courageous community leaders that dare to repent, forgive and heal from the wounds of the past.
In this hour, viewers face the roots of American racism and the processes that bring lasting reconciliation.
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: The trauma experienced by African Americans passed down multi generations due to untreated and undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder from slaves and their descendants.
History of Black Church in America: African-American leaders describe how from the earliest history of slavery in the Americas to today’s racial divide, African Americans found refuge at church.
History of Southern Baptist Denomination: A look at the 150-year-old history and its controversial resolution when its leaders apologized for its support of slavery.
The Great Migration: A period of 60 years in American History beginning in 1915 when over 6 million southern blacks moved to the northern states seeking jobs and a better life.
Healing Racial Wounds: A look at biblical trauma healing which encourages talking and listening to each other’s stories, and then relying on our faith to offer forgiveness, healing and reconciliation.