Racism and How it Affects Mental Health

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The Wandering Student

Merriam Webster defines racism as, “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” Racism is a pervasive problem in our society that has been aimed at marginalized people, specifically people of color, with the intention of denigrating and hurting them. Racism, though a belief, can be presented in behavior such as verbal abuse, physical attacks and even well-intentioned ignorant comments regarding someone’s race. In a long term process racism can affect the psyche and emotions of the victim of the attacks.

Racism is usually thought of as a physical attack or a racial slur. However, racism can take many forms. There is the micro-aggression which happens when a person makes an ignorant/ stereotyped comment about someone else’s race. It may not be intentional but it has the same impact as an overt act…

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8 thoughts on “Racism and How it Affects Mental Health

  1. Racism is a disease that clings to mid from the very beginning of ones understanding this world. A beautiful way to raise your voice. Thanks

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