THIS IS WHY WE NEED A RACE CRISIS HOTLINE
A recent study out of Penn State University has found that chronic exposure to racial discrimination is analogous to the pressure troops can feel in combat and war. Researchers found that many African-Americans who’ve been faced with racism struggle with debilitating stress similar to soldiers returning home from war.
According to the study:
“African-Americans who reported in a survey that they experienced more instances of racial discrimination had significantly higher odds of suffering generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) some time during their lives.”
The Penn State study confirms a condition that William A. Smith, Ph.D., of the University of Utah has coined “racial battle fatigue.” Smith has argued that individuals can go directly from the experience of racism to the experience of a serious mental health disorder. The study says that while it does not view discrimination as the same as conditions are exactly what soldiers face on a battlefield, it claims the underlying commonality is that stress is created in chronically unsafe or hostile environments.
A sentiment I voice fairly often. Especially when I’m in a city other than Phoenix. Especially when I’m in Portland. It takes me a good 24 hours to fucking relax and realize I don’t have to be on guard. Those happy white people that smiled at you as you walked by? They’re just happy white people! They probably don’t even want to touch your hair! CALM DOWN.
You mean to tell me that Black Americans in the United States face stress similar to combat veterans ???