[Many thanks to Michael O’Neal (Society for Caribbean Studies) for bringing this item to our attention.] Latino Rebels reports that, earlier this month, the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras campus announced that it will create a new program of Afro-Diasporic and Racial Studies, thanks in part to a $700,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon […]University of Puerto Rico to Create New Afro-Diasporic and Racial Studies Program — Repeating Islands
The term was coined by Arline Geronimus, associate director and professor of Health Behavior & Health Education at University of Michigan, to describe the erosion of health that impacts Black and Brown people much earlier in life than white Americans. Borrowing the term from environmental studies, weathering is similar to the soil erosion that happens overtime due to exposure to the elements — a small buildup of negatively impacting events eventually leads to a massive landslide or avalanche. In humans, this erosion is the accumulation of a broad range of adverse and largely preventable health conditions, like high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and poorer mental health, that lead to early death.
Racism forms cracks in our spirit, like cracks in the pavement of a busy road. Constant bouts of discrimination fill and expand the crack, like raindrops. Over time, the crack becomes a pothole that no longer resembles its original form. The same is true of our cells over time. A recent study found that Black adults had a biological age that was 2.6 years older than their actual age.
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OPINION: WEATHERING IS ROOTED IN A HISTORY OF MARGINALIZATION; REPEATED EXPOSURE TO SOCIOECONOMIC ADVERSITY, POLITICAL MARGINALIZATION, RACISM, AND PERPETUAL DISCRIMINATION THAT HARMS OUR HEALTH
RACISM KILLS; AND THAT IS MADE ABUNDANTLY CLEAR WITH EVERY BLACK LIFE LOST TO POLICE MISCONDUCT, ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD, OR STRESS-INDUCED ILLNESS.
BUT THE SLOW CRUMBLING OF OUR HEALTH DUE TO SYSTEMIC INEQUALITIES AND GENERATIONAL TRAUMA HAS A NAME THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. SOCIAL SCIENTISTS NOW CALL REPEATED EXPOSURE TO SOCIOECONOMIC ADVERSITY, POLITICAL MARGINALIZATION, RACISM, AND PERPETUAL DISCRIMINATION THAT HARMS OUR HEALTH, WEATHERING — A PHENOMENON THAT KILLS US IN SLOW, LESS OBVIOUS WAYS…..
Kenneth Johnson and Jacquelyn Johnson, the parents of Kendrick, reflect over photos of their fallen son in the new documentary “Finding Kendrick Johnson.” / Jason Pollock
The mysterious death of a Black high school wrestler in 2013 is the subject of “Finding Kendrick Johnson” — a new documentary out Friday — and the boy’s family is hoping its release could lead to people with information coming forward.
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Gospel Light Society Podcasts · 1,400 Nigerian Christians murdered and over 2,000 abducted in the last 4 months(WHR 06.13.21) This is Whyte House Report podcast. Here are the top stories you need to know about today. According to According to Baptist Press, Jihadists are blamed for killing 160 people in Burkina Faso in a prolonged […]
September 11, 2019by socialaction2014
Ronald Davis: A Person, Not a Bum
Being homeless, living on the streets of Chicago, Ronald Davis would say, “I’m just trying to survive.” For him, life was about survival. But, tragically, he did not survive. While sleeping in Bloomington Park, he was severely beaten by two men. He was taken to a local hospital and later died from his injuries.
Ronald was often mocked for being homeless by people who passed by him on the street. They would often say, “Get a job, bum!” He would often reply, “I’m not a bum. I’m a human being.” He would also cry from the humiliation of being called “a bum!”
Ronald wanted to be treated with respect. In wanting that, his humanity was “welling up from within him.” In other words, he…
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