The phrases that keep coming to mind are historical trauma and inter generational trauma. As a counselor, I’ve focused heavily on the impact trauma has on core beliefs, socialization, relationship dynamics, and the neurological response to trauma. The history and the foundational structure builds into how we view the world, our community, and ourselves. When oppression and exploitation are the norm, people suffer.
We see time and again in research that trauma and the chemicals the brain creates in response to trauma impacts behaviors, beliefs, and relationships. Trauma changes the way the brain responds to threats and creates long-lasting effects on stress responses. All of these historical events were traumas, enacted to enforce beliefs that then have long term effects. It's cyclical, and it can be disheartening, but if we dismantle the system we can create one that promotes the rights of all people.