Category Archives: Society

Disrupting the Miseducation of African American Youth

“Teach them about their marvelous history and watch what happens… Teach them and tell them, I tell them, your people have done wonderful things and that you too can do wonderful things. The moment they realize that their people have done something is the moment they realize that they can do something.”

This is a powerful, strong talk on the a tragic truth that can change the future. . . That can change and help the mental health of the children… Everyone needs to see this video. It’s amazing how obvious so much of what he says is yet, the lack of how often this happens is heart breaking.

Be part of the change. This is not “by chance” that these children can barely read, let alone want to learn… We need Black pride; we need a revolution even in the educational system…

We can all change the world, if we all try. The level of deprivation of knowledge, the lack of funding given to predominately Black communities school. This isn’t equality. It’s time to change; it’s time to make Black children proud of where they come from, just as they should be, and children of all color should be learning this as well because learning lies is brainwashing and heartbreaking.

We can all do something. What are you doing?

Intervention is Key to Brain Development; So Why Are the Immensely Traumatized Not Receiving It?

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While this may not be a large reason Black children are seen taking their lives at such a high rate, it is impacting their mental health and it is time someone says something.

As neurobiological research shows, children’s very brain development can be altered by violence. This is why intervention is so vital; but what happens when intervention isn’t received, be it due to lack of access or due to disbelief in mental health; or perhaps it is so on going it isn’t even an after thought?

Do not get me wrong, the shootings at columbine and other school shooting are sad. But what about the kids who live in fear, day by day, because of shootings? I have been angry that no light has been shed on these children for a long time, and as I do my research regarding why Black children are taking their lives so early, it enrages me even more.

While I do agree that more Black therapists and psychologists are needed -because these children face what no white or any other ‘color’ can comprehend on a personal level- someone needs to be doing something. It’s not fair these kids are being alienated and shoved aside while these predominately white schools are making headlines.

And receiving the help they need. No matter the color trauma impacts the brain and the brains development which impacts children unless intervention is created be it with therapy or some other form of counseling.

It also needs to be known that expressing your emotions is not weak, and that mental health is real. Another common factor vital to helping children, teens and adults heal is removal of the tragedy that traumatized the child. In communities faced with immense fear, who can’t even trust the police which so many white people take for granted and then have the nerve to say there is no white privilege; I think this short but factual post gives a little insight into what, I believe, was planned.

The government wants to keep the community in disarray and they are doing it with neglect and internal conflict. Something needs to be done, for suicide, homicide and for the unification of us all. They cannot be allowed to win- we MUST stop buying into their twisted game.

On that note, I will have a video and written post up sometime today or tomorrow as this all keeps taking turns in every direction given the immense problems faced due to denial, ignoring and degrading; all of which are wrong and damaging youth and children, the future, alike.

Obama Speaks on Being a Real Man-Mental Health & Pride In Self

As I continue to work on my current project regarding racism and mental health, among Black men in particular, this, I believe, is a great piece. I agree with what he had to say as it is true…

Former President Barack Obama spoke Tuesday about how to “be a man” and the need to combat stereotypes of masculinity that “trap” young men, specifically young men of color.

“All of us have to recognize that being a man is first and foremost being a good human. That means being responsible, working hard, being kind, respectful, compassionate,” Obama said at a conference for his My Brother’s Keeper initiative in Oakland.

“The notion that somehow defining yourself as a man is dependent on, are you able to put somebody else down… able to dominate… that is an old view,” the former president added.

In conversation with NBA star Steph Curry, Obama spoke about the need to create spaces “where young men of color, and young men generally, don’t feel as if to be respected they have to act a certain way.”

“If you’re confident about your strength, you don’t need to show me by putting somebody else down,” Obama said. “Show me by lifting somebody else up.”

“I’ve just been mentored right there,” Curry responded.

At the start of his panel, Obama had introduced himself as “Michelle’s husband” and the Golden State Warriors player as “Ayesha’s husband.”

The men sat on a stage surrounded by two dozen young men of color. In the front rows of the amphitheater near Lake Merritt in Oakland, dozens more young adults, mostly boys and men of color, faced them, having traveled from places like Los Angeles; Yonkers, New York; and Nashville to be there.

The two-day gathering in Oakland was meant to mark five years since Obama started the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The former president has described the group’s mission as working to break down barriers that too often leave boys and young men of color at a disadvantage.”

At Tuesday’s event, Obama also spoke about how racism plays a role in perpetuating toxic masculinity.

“Racism historically in this society sends a message that you are ‘less than,’” Obama said. “We feel we have to compensate by exaggerating stereotypical ways men are supposed to act. And that’s a trap.”

He added that much of the “violence and pain” communities suffer comes from men seeking respect, including through gun violence. “And that is a self-defeating model for being a man.”

Obama noted how cultural influences, like music, specifically hip-hop and rap, are often built around “talking about how I have more money than you, I can disrespect you.”

“Ironically, that shows the vulnerability you feel,” Obama said. “If you were very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking… you seem stressed that you gotta be acting that way.”

“I got one woman who I’m very happy with,” he added, as the audience erupted in applause.

Curry, in turn, spoke about the need for men to be “open about their feelings” and have space where they can do that. He said the locker room with his teammates allows him that.

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The Politics of Hate- Documentary Review

And for now, my review on a very crucial documentary, in my opinion…

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The Politics of Hate – A documentary review… 

First I must say, the only reason anyone could hate on this documentary is if they are against proven facts, love and compassion. The documentary is very needed all over the world, as we see, but especially in America, where much of their hatefilled lies are first created and then accepted by those afraid to ask questions as well as those who simply, and sadly, don’t care.

This documentary should have been advertised and promoted across the world and shown in a “prime time” manner although it still can be…

Schools need to show this to students; there is not a place in which the people who see it will come away worse off…except in places where the viewers don’t want to hear truth spoken. Those who are active with hate as well as those who support those who do wrong will definitely not like this documentary.

With the exposure of truth regarding hate groups from history up til the present, it is definitely a reality check and an answer to the question of what America is being turned back into. We must not repeat history and this serves as a wonderful but horrifying and tragic visual reminder for those who need it or for those who want to understand more of what is going on in the White House as well as on the streets. Highly recommended!

Hate Crimes At Disgustingly High Peak

According to the Anti Defamation League, the 1,564 religion-based hate crimes reported in 2017 are the second-highest ever. The highest number of such crimes were reported in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to the ADL.

Let us not forget it is white men who make up for the most domestic terrorist attacks here in America, though Trump has decided these “men” are no longer a threat… This should scare you. It scares me.

Though this isn’t national news, it seems pretty news worthy to me. As I continue research on larger projects which will be posted here, I can’t help but feel this is something I should share, despite not writing it… Please read, share and check out some of the links below… We can make a difference; we just have to unite…

This is heartbreaking to read but not surprising, sadly… I suppose there isn’t much more for me to say, the following vileness speaks for itself.

The FBI documented a sharp increase in hate crimes in 2017 compared to 2016 – particularly in New Jersey, where the number of incidents have nearly doubled. The FBI also released a town-by-town list that shows where the crimes occurred.

In New Jersey, 518 law enforcement agencies provided information to the FBI but only 155 agencies actually reported hate crimes in 2017, the most recent year available. Collectively, the agencies reported 495 hate crimes to the FBI, a 75 increase from the number of documented hate crimes in 2016.

Here were the towns that had hate crimes in 2017, from the most to least:

  • Woodbury 33
  • East Brunswick 24
  • Lakewood 22
  • Evesham Township 18
  • Princeton 15
  • Howell 11
  • Edison 10
  • Keansburg 10
  • Englewood 9
  • Hackensack 9
  • Vineland 9
  • Manalapan Township 8
  • Randolph Township 8
  • Medford Township 7
  • Neptune Township 7
  • Aberdeen Township 6
  • Cinnaminson Township 6
  • Franklin Lakes 6
  • Hoboken 6
  • Ocean Township, Monmouth County 6
  • South Orange Village 6
  • Hamilton Township, Mercer County 5
  • Hanover Township 5
  • Lodi 5
  • Moorestown Township 5
  • Highland Park 4
  • Hillsborough Township 4
  • Ridgewood 4
  • South Brunswick Township 4
  • Toms River Township 4
  • East Hanover Township 3
  • Freehold Township 3
  • Hopewell Township 3
  • Livingston Township 3
  • Madison 3
  • Maple Shade Township 3
  • Monroe Township, Middlesex County 3
  • New Brunswick 3
  • Passaic 3
  • Robbinsville Township 3
  • Teaneck Township 3
  • Bergenfield 2
  • Bradley Beach 2
  • Brick Township 2
  • Colts Neck Township 2
  • Deal 2
  • Delanco Township 2
  • Dover 2
  • East Orange 2
  • Fort Lee 2
  • Haddon Township 2
  • Haworth 2
  • Hightstown 2
  • Lawrence Township, Mercer County 2
  • Magnolia 2
  • Manasquan 2
  • Medford Lakes 2
  • Middlesex Borough 2
  • Montclair 2
  • Mount Olive Township 2
  • Newton 2
  • Old Bridge Township 2
  • Oradell 2
  • Palmyra 2
  • Paramus 2
  • Ramsey 2
  • Stone Harbor 2
  • Washington Township, Gloucester County 2
  • Waterford Township 2
  • Weehawken Township 2
  • Westampton Township 2
  • West Long Branch 2
  • West Windsor Township 2
  • Willingboro Township 2
  • Woodbridge Township 2
  • Belmar 1
  • Belvidere 1
  • Berkeley Heights Township 1
  • Berkeley Township 1
  • Boonton 1
  • Bridgeton 1
  • Bridgewater Township 1
  • Brigantine 1
  • Burlington Township 1
  • Carteret 1
  • Chatham 1
  • Chatham Township 1
  • Collingswood 1
  • Eastampton Township 1
  • East Windsor Township 1
  • Eatontown 1
  • Egg Harbor Township 1
  • Elizabeth 1
  • Elmwood Park 1
  • Emerson 1
  • Fair Lawn 1
  • Franklin Township, Somerset County 1
  • Freehold Borough 1
  • Hackettstown 1
  • Haddonfield 1
  • Harrison Township 1
  • High Bridge 1
  • Interlaken 1
  • Jefferson Township 1
  • Jersey City 1
  • Kinnelon 1
  • Lindenwold 1
  • Lopatcong Township 1
  • Lumberton Township 1
  • Manchester Township 1
  • Mansfield Township, Warren County 1
  • Mantua Township 1
  • Maplewood Township 1
  • Metuchen 1
  • Millburn Township 1
  • Monmouth Beach 1
  • Montvale 1
  • Mount Laurel Township 1
  • Mullica Township 1
  • North Bergen Township 1
  • Northfield 1
  • Oakland 1
  • Old Tappan 1
  • Paulsboro 1
  • Pennsville Township 1
  • Pequannock Township 1
  • Piscataway Township 1
  • Plainfield 1
  • Point Pleasant 1
  • Pompton Lakes 1
  • River Edge 1
  • Roselle Park 1
  • Shrewsbury 1
  • South Plainfield 1
  • South River 1
  • Springfield Township, Union County 1
  • Summit 1
  • Tenafly 1
  • Trenton 1
  • Union City 1
  • Union Township 1
  • Verona 1
  • Voorhees Township 1
  • Washington Township, Warren County 1
  • West New York 1
  • Wildwood 1

Whether more hate crimes were reported to police in 2017 than in 2016 is difficult to ascertain because there were an additional 1,000 law enforcement agencies that participated in the program compared to the previous year. Such stark increases, though, indicate more and more people and institutions are being targeted because of religion.

According to the Anti Defamation League, the 1,564 religion-based hate crimes reported in 2017 are the second-highest ever. The highest number of such crimes were reported in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to the ADL.

Here were towns with hate crimes based on race in New Jersey:

  • Woodbury 27
  • East Brunswick 11
  • Evesham Township 10
  • Englewood 8
  • Keansburg 8
  • Princeton 8
  • Vineland 8
  • Howell 7
  • Lakewood 7
  • Edison Township 6
  • Neptune Township 6
  • Hamilton Township, Mercer County 5
  • Hackensack 4
  • Manalapan Township 4
  • Moorestown Township 4
  • Randolph Township 4
  • South Orange Village 4
  • Hillsborough Township 3
  • Hoboken 3
  • Medford Township 3
  • Ocean Township, Monmouth County 3
  • Robbinsville Township 3
  • Aberdeen Township 2
  • Cinnaminson Township 2
  • Colts Neck Township 2
  • Delanco Township 2
  • East Hanover Township 2
  • Freehold Township 2
  • Haddon Township 2
  • Highland Park 2
  • Hightstown 2
  • Livingston Township 2
  • Lodi 2
  • Magnolia 2
  • Manasquan 2
  • Montclair 2
  • Old Bridge Township 2
  • Teaneck Township 2
  • Waterford Township 2
  • Weehawken Township 2
  • Westampton Township 2
  • Belvidere 1
  • Berkeley Heights Township 1
  • Bradley Beach 1
  • Bridgeton 1
  • Burlington Township 1
  • Carteret 1
  • Chatham Township 1
  • Collingswood 1
  • Dover 1
  • Eastampton Township 1
  • East Orange 1
  • East Windsor Township 1
  • Egg Harbor Township 1
  • Elmwood Park 1
  • Fort Lee 1
  • Franklin Lakes 1
  • Franklin Township, Somerset County 1
  • Freehold Borough 1
  • Hackettstown 1
  • Haddonfield 1
  • Hanover Township 1
  • Hopewell Township 1
  • Jefferson Township 1
  • Kinnelon 1
  • Madison 1
  • Manchester Township 1
  • Mantua Township 1
  • Maple Shade Township 1
  • Medford Lakes 1
  • Middlesex Borough 1
  • Mount Olive Township 1
  • Mullica Township 1
  • New Brunswick 1
  • Northfield 1
  • Palmyra 1
  • Paramus 1
  • Passaic 1
  • Paulsboro 1
  • Pennsville Township 1
  • Pompton Lakes 1
  • Ramsey 1
  • Roselle Park 1
  • South Brunswick Township 1
  • South Plainfield 1
  • South River 1
  • Springfield Township, Union County 1
  • Toms River Township 1
  • Union City 1
  • Union Township 1
  • Verona 1
  • Voorhees Township 1
  • Washington Township, Gloucester County 1
  • Washington Township, Warren County 1
  • West Long Branch 1
  • West New York 1
  • West Windsor Township 1
  • Wildwood 1

Here were towns with hate crimes based on religion in New Jersey:

  • Lakewood 15
  • East Brunswick 13
  • Evesham Township 7
  • Princeton 7
  • Franklin Lakes 5
  • Hackensack 4
  • Hanover Township 4
  • Howell 4
  • Manalapan Township 4
  • Randolph Township 4
  • Ridgewood 4
  • Aberdeen Township 3
  • Cinnaminson Township 3
  • Edison Township 3
  • Hoboken 3
  • Monroe Township, Middlesex County 3
  • Ocean Township, Monmouth County 3
  • Toms River Township 3
  • Bergenfield 2
  • Brick Township 2
  • Deal 2
  • Haworth 2
  • Highland Park 2
  • Lawrence Township, Mercer County 2
  • Madison 2
  • Maple Shade Township 2
  • Medford Township 2
  • Oradell 2
  • South Brunswick Township 2
  • Willingboro Township 2
  • Woodbridge Township 2
  • Berkeley Township 1
  • Boonton 1
  • Bradley Beach 1
  • Bridgewater Township 1
  • Brigantine 1
  • Chatham 1
  • East Hanover Township 1
  • East Orange 1
  • Elizabeth 1
  • Emerson 1
  • Englewood 1
  • High Bridge 1
  • Hillsborough Township 1
  • Keansburg 1
  • Livingston Township 1
  • Lopatcong Township 1
  • Lumberton Township 1
  • Mansfield Township, Warren County 1
  • Maplewood Township 1
  • Medford Lakes 1
  • Middlesex Borough 1
  • Millburn Township 1
  • Monmouth Beach 1
  • Montvale 1
  • Moorestown Township 1
  • Newton 1
  • North Bergen Township 1
  • Oakland 1
  • Old Tappan 1
  • Paramus 1
  • Passaic 1
  • Pequannock Township 1
  • Piscataway Township 1
  • Plainfield 1
  • Point Pleasant 1
  • Ramsey 1
  • River Edge 1
  • Shrewsbury 1
  • South Orange Village 1
  • Summit 1
  • Teaneck Township 1
  • Tenafly 1
  • Trenton 1
  • West Windsor Township 1
  • Woodbury 1

Part of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, the agency’s Hate Crime Statistics report is released annually. In 2017, law enforcement agencies reported 7,175 hate crimes to the FBI. While 16,149 agencies participated in 2017, only 2,040 submitted incident reports about hate crimes. The remaining agencies reported 0 hate crimes to the FBI. In 2016, the FBI documented 6,121 hate crimes.

“Two weeks ago, we witnessed the most deadly anti-Semitic hate crime in American history. Today, we have another FBI study showing a big jump in hate crimes against Americans because of their race, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation,” Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director, said in a statement. “This report provides further evidence that more must be done to address the divisive climate of hate in America. That begins with leaders from all walks of life and from all sectors of society forcefully condemning anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hate whenever it occurs.”

According to the FBI, a majority of the victims (59.6 percent) were targeted because of a bias towards race, ethnicity or ancestry. The second most common reason a victim was targeted was because of religion (20.6 percent) followed by sexual-orientation (15.8 percent), disability (1.9 percent), gender identity (1.6 percent) and gender (0.6 percent), according to the statistics.

The FBI says 50.7 percent of known offenders were white, 21.3 percent were African-American and other races accounted for the remaining known offenders. According to the FBI, a “known offender” does not imply that a suspect’s identity is known but that “some aspect of the suspect was identified.”

Experts say the annual hate crime statistics report provides an incomplete picture of the number of hate crimes in the country. The ADL noted that in the 2017 report, 91 cities that had a population of 100,000 or more either did not report any data to the FBI or reported 0 instances of hate crimes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Original post found here.  Also check with the anti-hate crime organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center to find ways you can get involved. 

Racism in Medicine- A Doctor & His Story

white people are hypocritesFirst, I need to apologize for my delay in posting. I am still conducting research and gather works for my larger release on the impact of modern day racism (and in history) and how it is impacting innocent Black children. I have decided, however, because this is a topic that is vital, a topic that rages onward sadly outside of childhood and is a huge health problem in the Black community for men and women of all ages.

Last year this tragic, silent killer was reported by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) showing the biggest increase for suicide risk is between the ages of 5 – 11 years of age in Black children… That takes my breath away. It also fuels me for my other posts that will soon come.

The CDC also released information late last year showing an increase in suicide among the above noted ages in this localized area, rising from 1.78 to 3.47 per every 1 million; at the same time, studies revealed suicide among white kids declined from 1.96 to 1.31 per every 1 million The 4 year study conducted by the CDC there was tragic loss of life; leaving 41 Black males and 73 white males (both groups children) dead to suicide.

There are two books I am currently reading and will soon be posting reviews about. One of them you can read for free if you have Kindle Unlimited. After reading, I will post my review and link to the book so others may learn and share.

Facts on Black suicide

    1. The Centers for Disease Control reported that between 1999 and 2004, young African-American males had the highest rate of suicide.  This latter finding is consistent with research that males are more likely to complete suicides whereas females are more likely to attempt suicide.
    2. The American Association of Suicidology reports of the 1,992 completed suicides among African-Americans that 371 of those deaths were by females.
    3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the following statistics for 2010:
    4. Suicide was the 16th leading cause of death for Blacks of all ages and the 3rd leading cause of death for young Black males ages 15–24.
    5. Althoughl Black suicide rates are lower than the overall U.S. rates, suicide affects Black youth at a much higher rate than Black adults. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among Blacks ages 15-24.
    6. Since the Black community in the United States is disproportionately young, the number of deaths among youth may have a particularly strong impact on the Black community.5. Black Americans die by suicide a full decade earlier than White Americans. The average age of Black suicide decedents is 32, and that of White decedents is 44.
    7. Caribbean Blacks had a higher rate of suicide attempts than African American Blacks.  On the other hand, another study found that among adolescent males, African American Blacks were approximately five times more likely than Caribbean Blacks to attempt suicide.
    8. Religion: Orthodox religious beliefs and personal devotion have been identified as protective against suicide among Blacks. Participation in organized religious practices, such as church attendance, is linked to lower suicide risk in African Americans. Among Blacks with psychiatric disorders, religiosity has been found to delay age of onset of ideation as well as decrease the number of psychiatric disorders.
    9. Social and emotional support: Family support, peer support, and community connectedness have been shown to help protect Black adolescents from suicidal behavior. Similarly, positive interactions and social and family support have been shown to significantly reduce risk for suicide attempts among Black adults. Although emotional support from family decreased the risk of suicide attempts for both Caribbean Blacks and African Americans, the impact was stronger for Caribbean Blacks than for African Americans.

Those are but a few facts on suicide within the Black community, but the information is not only available, I believe it is a necessary need for all. I must end this here, but I urge you all to check out the following book by Doctor Damon Tweedy, listen to the short interviews and then go buy the book yourself!  🙂 It looks like a tragedy when people are just trying to escape the unspeakable pain. While stigma towards mental illness(es) may be bad enough regardless of race or what-have-you, it seems they want to break us all down sometimes. And we cannot let that happen. Mental health care is just as save63

With all the stigma surrounding mental health, especially in the communities that struggle to, or refuse to, acknowledge the severity and risk so many men carry daily … it is time for, yet again, action…

There is a ton of information I had to post but I must leave now. I urge you to watch these videos, check out the book and I shall post the free one to as soon as I am able 🙂

Until Next. zoom in and check out the other book I am about to go start reading right now.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Rant: White People, You Are Not Victims

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Absolutely heartbreaking truth

My mind is blown; and it angers that I am not surprised but still I remain absolutely stunned that people truly go about their lives not caring for the plight of others, regardless of age, because it does not impact them. What appalls me even more is the claim that they are not racist, that is one of the first things most of these sort are ready to shout. The second and equally detestable remark these sort of people (who sadly seem to be a majority as of right now) deny they have any sort of privilege due to being white. Or better yet, those who claim that “white genocide” is happening and white people are the victims of this racist society.

I don’t know if it is brainwashing -I believe this to be an excuse; think for yourself! Or perhaps it is some form of denial because it is a disgrace, it is very hurtful to know how unjust and cruel people can be; especially when you are not the one being treated bad. The guilt and shame is almost overwhelming; I loathe the treatment of my light skin and am not afraid to call people out on it when I see my friend or family being treated differently; there is no excuse for it! 

I don’t know what in this universe could justify these forms of treatment to other people simply because of skin color; but here we are. Facing it, accepting it and all of its ugly facilities is the first step; speaking out is the next, I believe.

That all being said, in accordance with the research I am doing on how racism impacts Black children in both the short and long run I came across an article a moment ago that has me in a fury. The post began and repeated itself in saying that “researchers are not sure why suicide has risen in Black youth recently” – really? Either they are absolutely disconnected with reality or the media is, as the mainstream media is trying to brainwash white people. I am sad to say it seems like it’s working. Which is why it is so vital we make sure we get the TRUE STORIES, THE TRUE HISTORY AND FACTS out and spread it to as many people as possible. Truth will win in the end, and it’s time we ALL start doing whatever we can to end this extremist government and society.

As for the article I speak of, yes, they did manage to speak reputable research and give true facts, they did what most mainstream media does; find a way, any way to make sure it is not the white person to blame.

It doesn’t take an intelligent person to realize how disgusting this system is. Just a person with a heart/soul and even just an inkling of awareness to the current tragedies.

I will post some of the stories of these tragic young deaths in the upcoming future, I would do so now but I want to be able to write with full attention on the child or adult for that is the least I can do.

Coming up shortly is part 2 in the series about racism and it’s psychological -as well as physical- impact on children and later on, adults. 

*Also I will be posting photos and links to children who have died over racist bullying but were never mentioned -to my knowledge- by anyone other than local media…when lucky.*

Why Is No One Speaking About Racism & Suicide?

” Scientific evidence is now overwhelming that the early years of life are foundational to health and wellbeing, as well as to social, educational and economic success, throughout life. “

This is going to be a series of posts as doing it all in one may be overwhelming… I have been studying neuroscience and the developmental stages of the brain for 10+ years. Currently I am working on a book regarding the development of the brain and the different stages under different circumstances… Racism is one of the worst and most obvious problems facing non-whites, and Black children are suffering for it more than anyone in the media or even activism speak about. Be it out of ignorance or lack of a soul, the problem remains. So I hope to shine a bit of light on it and maybe, hopefully, do some good…

I share this because the developmental stages are crucial,  and the fact very few people in general, let alone in public policy, ever stop and think about what racism is doing to Black children… The first topic I am working on is sadly morbid but also sadly highly ignored by most of America.

From having to worry for their own safety to that of their caregivers and loved ones, the constant stress  -among other things- obviously impacts mental health…but what exactly is it doing? And what can be done to stop it?

Besides having little ones in my life who are “Black”, I also have worked with numerous at risk children, most of whom were also Black. Recently, since some of the police killings have finally made the mainstream news, I was working with one 10 year old little boy whom, after Tamir Rice’s death, refused to leave his home for any reason. He was certain he would be next…

Ten years old and that is what he is thinking about.

I know the topic of mental health in general is a taboo topic… But it is just as real as any physical ailment -if not worse- and if we could manage to get over egos and look at these problems perhaps we wouldn’t have so many people self loathing and at the saddest extreme, dying.

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Strictly speaking from a mental health point of view, an alarming number of Black children between the ages of 5 to 12. *It is important to note here that while suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among all children between the ages of 10 and 44 it is not the time people are most at risk. According to research and statistics adults in the age group of 45-65+ have the highest numbers when it comes to suicide.

Among others, JAMA Pediatrics released a study further discussing the rise in suicide among Black children, in part stating:

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