Inner City Oakland Youth Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Wendy Tokuda, CBS San Francisco, May 16, 2014

In the inner city, a health problem is making it harder for young people to learn. The Centers for Disease Control said 30 percent of inner city kids suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The CDC said these children often live in virtual war zones. Doctors at Harvard said they actually suffer from a more complex form of PTSD that some call “hood disease.”

Unlike soldiers, children in the inner city never leave the combat zone. They often experience trauma, repeatedly.

“You could take anyone who is experiencing the symptoms of PTSD, and the things we are currently emphasizing in school will fall off their radar. Because frankly it does not matter in our biology if we don’t survive the walk home,” said Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D. of San Francisco State University.


Gun violence is only one of the traumas or stressors in concentrated areas of deep poverty.

“Its kids are unsafe, they’re not well fed,” Duncan-Andrade said. “And when you start stacking those kids of stressors on top of each other, that’s when you get these kinds of negative health outcomes that seriously disrupt school performance.”


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  • MekongDelta69

    Excuse #3,562,927.

    Btw, I tried posting at CBS S.F., however they don’t allow comments.

    I’m shocked, I tell you – shocked!!

    • TruthBeTold

      As I say, theory after theory after theory.

      When theory A fails to pan out turn to theory B.

      Let’s face it. You could transport blacks to an entirely new community and they would turn it into the neighborhood they left behind.

    • Strider73

      They must have shut the comments down after seeing all the posts ridiculing the article. I got 11 comments in before submitting it to AR.

  • The text does not give you a clue about who is committing this violence.

    If you watch the video the source article provides, you’ll walk away thinking that white cops are doing the violence.

    One of things I was told often while I was kid that once you know better, you do better.

    We know that black people are the cause of the violence that causes black people to have PTSD. In spite of the media wanting to cover that up and obfuscate the issue, virtually everyone knows, including blacks themselves. They know better, so until they do better, nothing will change.

  • Alexandra1973

    Self-inflicted. Move along, nothing to see here, just another attempt at playing the ghetto lottery….

    • Moooochelle

      It will work this time if the Obama admin goes full throttle on promoting “Hood Disease” as a ADA-qualifying condition. [ADA = Americans with Disabilities Act]

      The Feds set the legal standards for “disability”. We’ll never get to vote on it, and it can’t be challenged at the state or local level. Federal Law runs rampant over the rest of us in matters of “discrimination”.

    • TruthBeTold

      Who are the ones turning these communities into battle zones?

      • Alexandra1973

        That’s what I meant by self-inflicted. They turn the communities into battle zones, then gripe about PTSD.

  • Rhialto

    Since the Blacks in inner Oakland have simply recreated the environment in which Blacks have evolved, what is described is normal African behavior. Thus, the Black youfs manifest the the African behaviors described in the article: easily provoked aggressiveness, indifference to education that has no immediate benefit, formation of gangs that are hostile to non-members.

    Not to worry, Duncan-Andrade, all is normal in Black Oakland. It’s not PTSD; it’s TNB.

    • ElComadreja

      Blacks act the same wherever they’re found. If you want to turn your city or town into a third world hellhole start importing blacks. Too many Hispanics will do the job as well.

  • JohnEngelman

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder brought me to American Renaissance. After I was nearly murdered by four black muggers someone suggested I read Tim Wise’s “The Color of Deception.” That lead me to read “The Color of Crime.”

    • jambi19

      Interesting. Seeing and hearing Tim Wise blame everything injustice in the world on my mere existence led me to Amren.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        Really? Seeing my tightly knit, all-white community totally destroyed by massive third world invasion opened my eyes to the biological reality of race and the “perils of diversity.”

        • AndrewInterrupted

          BigOne is running this picture on his site. I had to share it.

        • jambi19

          My community also changed. Wasn’t destroyed, but certainly changed for the worse.

          • ElComadreja

            I’m in the same boat.

      • TruthBeTold


        That’s awesome!

        I didn’t know Mr. Wises’ work produced such unintended consequences.

        Perhaps I’ve been to hard on the guy. Maybe he needs to reach a wider audience.

    • LHathaway

      That’s almost priceless! After nearly being killed by 4 people an acquantence suggested you read a book about how it was all your fault? You’re a modern day David Horowitz.

      What’s funny is that, for them, it’s all about being supportive of the person who’s been a ‘victim’. You didn’t get hired? Those racist troubadores. You got arrested for mugging a guy and nearly killing him? Poverty and neglect made you do it, you’re the victim, that is, if you admit you did it. But if you’re white and nearly get killed, they give you a book by Tim Wise.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Muh PTSD.

    • Kenner

      ‘Hoodie’ disease.

      • TruthBeTold

        People Too Stupid and Dangerous.

        • Zaporizhian Sich

          And that’s the true reason why whites suffer from PTSD.

          • Hell, I suffer with it reading about all the crime the Bantu commit against our society ..

          • sbuffalonative

            That’s called ‘Negro Fatigue’.

          • Fathercoughlin

            Shine Shock

          • sbuffalonative

            I’m not familiar with that term. Can you give me the etymology?

  • r j p

    The Centers for Disease Control said 30 percent of inner city kids suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
    CDC is in Atlanta.
    PTSD can get you SSDI (Social Security Disabilty Insurance).
    Just another live off Whitey scam.

  • JSS

    Being taken out of their natural environment can be stressful for many animals. I recommend treating our native Africans by sending them back to Africa and following up roughly never.

  • B.E.L.

    What I want to know is, what are white people going to do about this?

    • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

      I’m laughing

    • TruthBeTold

      Be asked to care more and spend more money on the problem.

    • LHathaway

      Be kind to them.

  • Ike Eichenberg

    Maybe we should take Negroes off the FDA’s GRAS list.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    If there’s anyone suffering from PTSD, it’s whites who have no choice but to live in Negro and Hispanic infested areas.

    • Frank Morris

      Do a YouTube search for “White children victims of relentless racial violence”

      There are some people who will be scarred for life with PTSD.

  • Kenner

    You’re confusing ‘disability’ with ‘inability’.

  • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

    Besides their repugnant black appearance they are mentally ill psychos, don’t go near them white people!

    • Have a peek at Oakland

      • Alexandra1973

        I see them sitting on the porch when I go on a Google Earth ghetto safari.

        Those first couple of pictures…makes me want to go and slap them silly…knock some sense into them. As if!

        • r j p

          That’s why they are called porch monkeys.

      • sbuffalonative

        Was that first picture taken in the US or Africa?

      • shmo123

        The picture reminds me that at least the idiotic fashions adopted by ghetto thugs have one benefit: It’s hard to run from the police when your pants fall down to your ankles.

      • Feet2Fire

        CHILLIN’ at ACORN… Looks very stressful…

  • Hood disease . . . . . brother . .that’s rich ..
    How about no interest whatsoever in learning anything..
    pahleeze .. but if you can BS the tax base maybe you can squeeze
    a little grease out of them ..

  • dd121

    Poor babies. Guess we need a huge Federal program so we can pretend we’re fixing blacks.

    • Bill E. BOBB

      white guilt libs invent yet another way to give out reparations

  • Garrett Brown

    Jaliza Collins- Teacher…


  • PTSD? My ex-father used to beat the hell out of my mother. I beat him almost to death when he said he should have kicked her in her head. I kicked him in his head until my mother understood I was killing him. I was 14 years old, and I kicked him when he was down, picked him up and threw him down the stairs. I let all the bad hatred out to play for a few minutes. I kicked him in his balls once he was down, until my my mother begged me to stop, and then I picked that thing up and shook him like a terrier with a rag. I earlier called the police and said “There’s going to be some murder here”, put my sister on the telephone and then went to work.

    He sent me to federal prison later on, so I wish I had done the job right. The only thing lower than a man who would hurt a woman or a child is a rat with syphilis.

    • sbuffalonative

      Sorry for all that happened but it’s nice to hear that sometimes people do take action.

  • Ron Cheaters

    Hood Disease
    Coming to a town near you.

  • none of your business

    Has anyone ever done a study on hearing loss among blacks? From the constant screeching to say nothing of the music decibel levels in black homes must be high enough to cause hearing loss. Certainly the decibel level in black schools or black workplaces causes hearing loss. I have thought this since I started working and came in to contact with screeching blacks. I’m retired now but still suffer PTSD from being around blacks 8 hours a day.

    • Johnny Clay

      Not to mention playing music through their headphones at max volume.

    • Strider73

      As a blogger said elsewhere awhile back, their hearing loss will be their downfall once the SHTF — it will be easy to sneak up behind them and blow out what few brains they have.

      For the record, Puerto Ricans love high-decibel music almost as much as blacks do, which likely explains why they shout at each other so much.

  • Uncle_Dan

    So the 30% with PTSD cannot concentrate on their schoolwork; and the other 70%?

    • LHathaway

      anxious to take your job. Depending on how high up you are, that could be the other 30%, too.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Not to mention they get food stamps.

  • Who Me?

    Seeing those kids writing about their “White privilege” all over their faces made me physically sick in a way few things have.

  • LHathaway

    “They care about one thing only, their subjective sense of moral superiority”.

    There’s a dark side to the liberal love in. Often, when those with power go on about helping some group half-way around the world what they are really trying to do is hurt those immediately in their presence. Leftists seem glad the holocaust happened. They may be the only ones who are. I wonder if conservatism is in retreat and liberalism in advance simply because it is the side that can, and does, hurt other people? Whether they are knuckling under to fear or simply have a small sadistic streak, this is one reason they walk this path. Now, with no one to resist them, at least in academia, they over play their hand. People are beginning to resist them, whether do to a greater fear of annihilation or not, is questionable.

  • Bill E. BOBB

    of course there is no such disorder for whites who are brutalized by blaks, they just have to deal with it. What would be the name of the condition suffered by whites when they are force to flee when their cities become infected with the blak plague?

    • Alexandra1973

      The flight itself is called white privilege.

    • Feet2Fire


  • kikz2

    cracked me the f*k up!

  • tlk244182

    Didn’t watch the video but the Mexican girl on the left in the red sweatshirt looks like she’s pretty well fed.

    • Fathercoughlin

      The white male anchorman was quite the jack ass,,looked like Ted Baxter.

  • model1911


  • MindHead99

    The left continues to make excuses why many blacks don’t fit into society. In the software business we would say “Hood Disease” isn’t a bug but is a feature. Blacks terrorize each other and blame everyone else.

  • shmo123

    This will, no doubt, be adopted by the APA as a genuine psychological disorder. Subsequently, the Social Security Administration will then allow applicants to use it as an acceptable reason to apply for disability benefits. “Hood disease” indeed. Let’s hope it’s not contagious.

    • Feet2Fire

      Can you spell R E P A R A T I O N S ??

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    According to liberals, these kids aren’t well fed because they’re not eating SWPL food every day (kale, quinoa, etc). Liberals won’t say this out loud, but you can tell they strongly disapprove of the food black mothers feed their kids. They haven’t figured out a way to force blacks to choose to spend their food stamps on SWPL food yet, though, so they can only complain about it and make it sound like black people’s decisions to eat unhealthy food is white people’s fault.

    Also, lots of black welfare mothers sell their food stamps, rather than using them. According to liberals, this:
    1. Doesn’t happen and
    2. If it does happen, it’s white people’s fault because of the legacy of slavery, or institutional racism, or white privilege.

    Which means we’re supposed to give them even more food stamps.

    • WR_the_realist

      Due to white skin privilege those poor benighted black folks have to suffer with food deserts, in which vegetables and fruit are unavailable. So we are told by the liberal media. Of course the reality is that nobody can stay in business selling healthy food to black people. And yes, this has been tried, over and over again.

  • Apartheid_DC

    Did anyone watch Dateline on Friday, May 13th? The episode featured a retired, former government worker who defended his home after being invaded by two teenagers. The retired citizen shot and killed the two teenagers.

    The government prosecuted home owner and he was convicted of first-degree murder. It seems as though the whole thing with twisted and turned upside down so that the victim became the criminal. Its similar to the Bernard Goetz case. Did anybody watch it? It is a tragedy.

    • That is unfortunate, but those laws vary from one state to the next.

      • Strider73

        Exactly. Many states do not have “castle doctrine” laws. Supposedly in some of them homeowners are legally obligated to leave by any safe exit and allow the invaders to do whatever they want. Fortunately more states are adopting the castle doctrine, which provides both criminal and civil immunity. IOW, no “ghetto lottery” for wounded home invaders, or for the families of the dead ones.

        • Massachusetts requires a couple to abandon their children and flee their home. In Colorado, one is allowed to shoot through the door without the home-invader needing to finish breaking in (the test case for that one was in Denver).

  • Feet2Fire

    BS. Am TIRED (fed up) with endless EXCUSES as to why inner-city kids (read BLACKS and HISPANICS) are FAILURES. These so-called educators come up with every excuse except ONE: Guess which one.

    Many of us (regardless of race) grow up in “war zones” and have daily traumas inflicted upon us, yet we still excel in school and do not grow up to become criminals, victimizers or a drain on the society around us. Nothing is ever going to improve until the so-called academicians and politicians quit the BSing and start telling the TRUTH about what’s going on (you know, broken families, drug and alcohol addiction, and lazy-good-for-nothings who depend on CRIME as their way of life). THERE is where your inner-city kids’ PSTD comes from. And it knows no color–except for those who make it their stock in trade.

  • Feet2Fire

    Many of us (regardless of race) grow up in “war zones” and have daily
    traumas inflicted upon us, yet we still excel in school and do not grow
    up to become criminals, victimizers or a drain on the society around us.
    Nothing is ever going to improve until the so-called academicians and
    politicians quit the BSing and start telling the TRUTH about what’s
    going on (you know, broken families, drug and alcohol addiction, and
    lazy-good-for-nothings who depend on CRIME as their way of life). THERE
    is where your inner-city kids’ PSTD comes from. And it knows no
    color–except for those who make it their (all-too-profitable) stock in trade.

  • Feet2Fire

    Somebody on this site has some nerve, deleting a comment that tells the TRUTH, and does so without name-calling or violent imagery!

  • Fathercoughlin

    Some of them are so weak from hunger they can barely operate their iPhones! They hardly have the strength to tie their Air Jordans!

  • WR_the_realist

    Send Tim WIse to live in those “war zones”. He’ll fix everything with his white skin privilege.

  • Brian

    If the CDC is wasting money on this, they sure as hell don’t need my money to study ‘gun violence as a public health epidemic’ like they keep itching to do.

  • SoCal88

    The problem is not “poverty” – that is a terrible lie. The problem is the culture of the black underclass, and has no solution