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Being Black in America

Written by Jasmine Boatwright

Being Black in America has never been easy. For years we have been subjected to public disrespect, violence, lack of opportunities, and disregard of our lives from those paid to support us. Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, and George Floyd are only a handful of those killed by those paid to support us. Injustice has been a walking reality for Blacks in America beyond the police departments, it’s everywhere. Black people have been mistreated by our judges and legal officials, doctors, nurses, landlords, gas station workers, and liquor store owners, just to name a few. This type of racism and bias has always been ingrained as a way of life in America. 

Throughout the years I have had several encounters that have caused me to question whether or not the color of my skin has limited my educational growth, employment opportunities, and basic relationships with those around me. I, like most Black people in America, unfortunately, have to live with the discomfort and fear of not knowing when the color of my skin will become the very thing that creates a life or death situation for me. America has taught us to believe that this is the way of life and there is nothing that can be done; but that’s not true.

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Below are some ways to support during this time beyond educating yourself and posting on social media. Here are a few other things that you can do: 

  1. Check your own personal bias. Think about your actions and behaviors when engaging those that may not be like you. 
  2. Create space for conversations around race at home, work, or out in the community conversations around race. 
  3. Think big picture when voting. Oftentimes we vote for a politician that fits our political agenda around basic needs like mental and physical health care, financial opportunities, policy reform, etc. Remember Blacks make up about 14% of the population in America. There is a need for allies, for others to include racial issues as a part of their political agendas that are NOT Black. 
  4. Document. When you witness racial injustices, racially charged actions, and behaviors; document them. Videos and audio recordings on social media have helped to bring to light things that have happened to Blacks in this country for years. When you notice things happening you can help by intervening, gathering license plate numbers, descriptions, providing statements to attorneys, connecting, and advocating with those who are wronged. 
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For other tips checkout some of our other blogs:

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Finding Allyship to Become More Anti-Racist : Resources

Right now It may feel harder than ever to process it all and you are not alone. Below you will find resources dedicated to supporting positive Black mental health. 

The Safe Place This is an app dedicated just for African-Americans and how they can learn more and think about their mental health. The creator, Jasmine Pierre, is a certified peer support specialist, and has the app offer a forum, statistics specifically about Black mental health, and inspirational quotes. There are also self-care tips for things such as coping with police brutality, how to talk to Black family members about mental health, and mental health in the Black church.

Therapy for Black Men The main focus of this website (run by mental health professional Vladimire Calixte) is to provide a directory for African-American men to access therapists who they can trust with offering services that will be beneficial to them. The search gives you the option to get more advanced beyond searching just by location, including therapists’ specialties, treatment options, and if they provide therapy remotely. The site also has a coach directory and a blog.

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  1. diamond holloway

    nice work this i agree with completely if fate comes swinging at you then you should swing back harder stronger faster we cant afford anymore blood and tears it hurts to much i feel too much sorrow reading watch experiencing racial bias is no joke. either we fight or we die but i choose to fight with every once of being until my last breathe remains even then i will fight

  2. Bethany B

    Jasmine, I’m sorry you had to write this article. But I’m glad you spoke up. Your words bring strength and courage to a dire state this country is in. I have no idea what it’s like to be a person of color- but I watch the news and hear the stories of my friends and relatives of minorities and see their struggles and fear for their lives and wellbeing at times of crisis and during normal parts of their day.
    It shouldn’t have to be this way. Life shouldn’t have to be this difficult. I am so sorry. I try to teach my children about racism and Increase positivity into their lives that everyone deserves the same respect.
    Because no one deserves to be hurt or disrespected.
    In the end I hope more people can learn about what it’s like for black Americans to live in the US because many people shut an eye to the discrimination that is facing this group of people. It shouldn’t be left in the dark. Even though we have media attention people close their eyes at times to the injustice and that’s a real tragedy.

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