The End of Generational Trauma: How Remote Work Is Helping Black Entrepreneurs Overcome Inherited Trauma

Generational trauma

Generational trauma, also called intergenerational trauma, is a concept used to explain the transmission of challenges within families. It has become a hot topic in recent years due to the focus on redefining mental health and due to the need for accessible and adequate mental health services.

However, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic or the ‘new normal,’ it seems as if the cycle of passed down trauma has finally broken.

According to a 2021 Future of Work Abroad survey, Americans who live and work abroad are happier. Nomadism enables entrepreneurs to live free of the restrictions of capitalism, and it also provides African Americans with the opportunity to explore more inclusive environments.

Benefits of Location Independence

One of the many benefits of this digital nomadism is the escape from many of the inequities historically faced by African Americans in America, such as health disparities, particularly those seen as a result of Covid-19, and the challenges of growing a business in a systematically racist society as a black business owner.

What author and freelance writer, Kimanzi Constable, has recognized while working abroad is that “Black entrepreneurs are not limited to building a business where they may have grown up.” Rather, we, as entrepreneurs, more than ever can utilize alternative forms of business, such as relying solely on our online business or a product-based business that delivers products through third parties.

A Unique Perspective on Generational Trauma

Other black entrepreneurs, like Hervé Da Costa, a French man that studied and worked in America’s Silicon Valley for 16 years, held similar feelings about the prejudice he faced as a black man in the United States versus abroad:

“I got tired of the societal roadblocks in the United States as a Black career professional. I wanted to start a business but kept running into hurdles as an aspiring black entrepreneur. It felt like my skin color was seen before I was given an opportunity to show what I had to offer.”

Hervé has since returned to his native country and has been back there for the last seventeen years. He works as a coach and consultant who trains leadership teams at some of the world’s largest corporations.

“I came back to France, and almost immediately felt welcomed. It was as if people in France were color-blind. That may not be the case but it’s what I’ve felt. My skin color is not a barrier here,” he says.

Why American Prejudice is Incomparable

However, this is not to say that racism and prejudice do not exist in Europe, but rather that the systems in place in America that propagate generational trauma—such as gerrymandering to keep legacy politicians and leaders in positions of power and the refusal to incorporate Critical Race Theory in syllabi and thereby educate younger generations on theories of race and prejudice— exist to a lesser extent abroad.

With that said, African American entrepreneurs who’ve chosen location independence and escaped from the generational trauma they’ve experienced in the states have thrived while living abroad. Constable even notes that “In Europe, I personally haven’t experienced outright prejudice or expressions of racism. It feels as if there’s an effort to understand different people and cultures and see humans as humans.”

Source

Latest

Habits for Building Good Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is important for your happiness and overall well-being. Discover habits that can help you cope with low self-esteem and create a healthier you. Feeling good about yourself isn't just something to strive for. It's essential to leading a healthy, fulfilling life. Low self-esteem can lead to poor decision-making, difficulty forming relationships, and an overall sense of dissatisfaction with life. [...]

How to Save Money by KEEPING What You Waste

It is truly amazing when you take the time to look at your bank accounts and go through your statement, how much money you waste and could save each month and each year. ... I’m talking, at times, thousands. Most of it is from subscriptions and services that you don’t use and will never use that automatically goes on your credit card whenever you order something online. [...]

Self-Employed Tips for Greater Success

A Self-Employed Trip Turns into a Greater Education on Business Development In 2017 I took a 1-week trip to help out a few family members. [...]

Capital One Café: The Best Place to Grab Coffee, Tea, and Snacks in 2023

Are you looking for the best place to grab a coffee, tea, handcrafted beverages, snacks, and access to free money coaching programs? [...]
Kevin Ross
Kevin Rosshttps://blogwallet.com
Kevin "KevRoss" Ross is a music and radio industry expert. He is a 20 -plus year entrepreneur with the leading most successful industry trade publication and site Radio Facts (www.radiofacts.com). He has also published various books, magazines, performed marketing and promotions for major corporations and recording artists and he is on the advisory board of several industry organizations. This year Ross introduced his non profit organization LOMARI (Leaders of the Music and Recording Industry) to help teach young minority students how to market and manage their music and products.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Fake Clients ask: “Who Do You Reach?”

Who Do You Reach? Here is an example of another fake client if you are an established business. If they are spending their money it's up to THEM to FIND OUT who you reach. These dangling carrot games amaze me and they are a waste of your valuable business time. If you see major accounts, ads or clients in my business why would you ask a question like this? I will tell you why. They are testing out your business confidence. [...]

10 Quotes About Being Happy That Everybody Needs to Hear

Quotes About Being Happy That Every Entrepreneur Needs to Hear Quotes about being happy are more than words on the page, rather, in a lot of ways, they’re lifelines.  On Youtube, more than 40 million people have watched Denzel Washington’s inspiring advice about looking to the stars and working towards a life bigger, grander than your own. That record number of people who tuned into watching this video shows that words can make a significant change in someone's life. [...]

Want to See Your Business in the Greater Perspective? Do This

When You Are Immersed, You're Drowning and Can't Breathe Recently, while on a trip, I got a great opportunity to see my business in FULL perspective. One of the first things I can tell you, probably the MOST important thing in order to do this ... is to BREAKAWAY.  As the old saying goes, "The grass is always greener on the other side." I mean completely break away no social media, no emails, very limited cell phone use, and spending the time to get to know yourself. [...]

Scottie’s Steakhouse VS Bocce’s Pizza: Skimping on Services? Customers Know the Difference

I left Buffalo, New York some 30 years ago and once I moved to Atlanta then Los Angeles after that and worked in radio as a DJ for many years there was no turning back. The new environments opened my eyes to all that I had missed growing up on the East side of Buffalo. Nevertheless, there is one thing that is foremost in my mind on the few occasions when I return, think, or talk about Buffalo... the food. [...]

24/7: In 24 Years the Seven Truths I Now Know About The Music Industry

Yeah, I'm Pretty Sure These Things Are True... This June, RadioFacts has been in business for 24 years. In that time, as the CEO, I've had a LOT of ups and downs. There were times I wanted to walk away, times I've loved it, times I've been frustrated and times I wanted to give up on the industry. But something always kept luring me back. [...]

Steve Harvey turned $50 and 50 million, here’s how

Great insight from Steve Harvey. [...]

9 Basic Ways Small Businesses Start Up

Have you ever wondered how small businesses start up? What gives them the courage to start up the process? How do they take that first step, and what encourages them to keep it going? Here I break it down. Frustration I want to start a business but have no ideas I started my business radiofacts.com 27 years ago from frustration. I was frustrated with how Radio was going in my career, and I felt like my voice wasn't being heard. [...]

Secrets of Successful black entrepreneurs

By Michael Glauser, Next Avenue Contributor The Silicon Valley approach for building companies has become the main strategy taught at many business schools. It goes like this: You create a prototype you can quickly test, preferably in the tech industry. You find a group of users and gain proof of concept. You raise capital and scale the business as rapidly as possible. You plan an exit strategy that may include going public or selling to an industry buyer. You shoot for a 10X return to investors. [...]

Leave a Reply