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.
I’m white so I can’t testify to this personally, but from everything I’ve learned about PTSD, it seems plausible if not obvious.
this explains my racial nightmares. i’ve been coming to terms with having symptoms of ptsd and one of those symptoms is having very vivid dreams of white people committing a hate crime on me or white cops threatening to kill/rape/take away my entire family. so we need more studies on this cause this shit is not a fucking game.
Herodotus and plenty of old white men have said the Egyptians are black with wooly hair.. So um what is the debate !
you know what someone once said to me that really struck me? How racist it is that we can’t believe that the aincent mayans and the egyptians did the things while no one questions leonardo da vinci and other europeans.
/completely irrelevant lolo
^^i don’t think so. this is part of the reason why we don’t depict the ancient egyptians as Black. i was watching the scorpion king this morning, with the rock in it. and it was interesting seeing how the first Black woman I saw was a sex worker and then a maid. I can’t remember what Black man I saw aside from Michael Clarke who was still portrayed as a bit “uncivil”. And lo and behold, the kings and tops were all middle eastern looking. And what color was the scientist? One of the few white men in the movie played the scientist. the idea that science was somehow imported to ancient egypt from some white countries is absurd. but this is how they paint it. and the marvelous wonders that have come from ancient egypt can’t be shown to come from Black people because then it means we were actually some of the first “civilized” people on earth, invalidating basically every other reason for enslavement, colonization and the denial of humanity.
Dude, I can’t even with the Scorpion King.
The idea that ancient Egyptians were not black all stems from racist “scientists” and the dudes who invented the Egyptology wing of archaeology. Once they started really studying the things the ancient Egyptians did and how long ago they did them, they realized that these people were BAMF before their European ancestors even got it together to make fire. But the very idea that black people, who were already being painted as savages by earlier colonialist efforts, could be involved in that level of science and technology completely flew in the face of all their racist thinking. So they decided the Egyptians weren’t black Africans after all.
I think the Ancient Aliens thing started to come in when people realized that you absolutely cannot make the argument that Egyptians weren’t black. So, again, instead of acknowledging how BAMF they were, suddenly aliens are the reason.
Every argument for the Egyptians not being black is rooted in racism, not fact.
And honestly? The ancient Egyptians were far more culturally and “racially” (based on the modern/invented notion of race) diverse than you’d gather from a cursory look at a history book. They were literally the middle of everything when “dynastic” Egypt was in full swing. So people from North, East and South of the land came to Egypt for the learning and the culture and the commerce. They didn’t bring science TO Egypt, they came there to learn it.
Blacks, though native born, were arriving as the poorest people from the poorest section of the country with the least access to the worst education. Over the decades of the Migration, they came with every disadvantage and found themselves competing not only with newcomers like themselves but with second- and third-generation European immigrants already established in apprenticeships and factory jobs that were closed off to black migrants, the immigrants and their children permitted into the very trade unions that prohibited black citizens from joining.
Because they were largely excluded from well-paying positions in even unskilled occupations and were concentrated in servant work and other undesirable jobs, blacks were the lowest paid of all the recent arrivals. In 1950, blacks in the North and West made a median annual income of $1,628, compared to Italian immigrants, who made $2, 295, Czechs, who made $2,339, Poles, who made $2,419, and Russians, who made $2,717.
‘There is just no avoiding the fact that blacks were more severely discriminated against in the labor market and elsewhere,’ Lieverson wrote. They ‘had to work more hours to earn less money than anyone else,’ the historian Gilbert Osofsky wrote…
The presence of so many black migrants elevated the status of other immigrants in the North and West. Black southerners stepped into a hierarchy that assigned them a station beneath everyone else, no matter that their families had been in the country for centuries. Their arrival unwittingly diverted anti-immigrant antagonism their way, as they were an even less favored outsider group than the immigrants they encountered in the North and helped make formerly ridiculed groups more acceptable by comparison.
Isabel Wikerson, “The Warmth of Other Suns”, pg 419 (via zoratonimaya)
i’ll keep this handy for the next person insisting that black folks only needed to “learn a trade”
“When I was in school I took a class with Cornel West, who’s this amazing African-American Studies professor, and he would say that in America there’s this sort of racism against Asians where they say, “Oh, you know, they all look alike.” He believed the reason is that Americans don’t take enough time to look. Yet that’s actually proved beneficial because you can play someone who’s Japanese, as you do in Memoirs of a Geisha.”—