african american problems


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NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | African Americans
African Americans are no different when it comes to mental health conditions. Learn why your concerns and experiences may be different.

How Do Mental Health Conditions Affect the African American Community?

Although anyone can develop a mental health problem, African Americans sometimes experience more severe forms of mental health conditions due to unmet needs and other barriers. According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Common mental health disorders among African Americans include:

African Americans are also more likely to experience certain factors that increase the risk for developing a mental health condition:

  • Homelessness. People experiencing homelessness are at a greater risk of developing a mental health condition. African Americans make up 40% of the homeless population.
  • Exposure to violence increases the risk of developing a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. African American children are more likely to be exposed to violence than other children.

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Tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki, imitates Serena Williams by stuffing towels in her bra and pants. I find this to be more insulting than funny. Maybe I’m too “sensitive”. What part of her brain told her that this would be okay? I understand jokes, but Serena Williams is rarely taken serious within her career mainly because of her physique and aggressiveness. For this to happen is just another stab. 

am i wrong?

so i have a confession
on studyblr, especially with the rise of #studyblr gets real, i notice that i do a thing
i let people believe im dumber than i actually am
why do i do that??
in class, i don’t struggle with anything. im self taught and im first chair clarinet. im everyones favorite student and ive never gotten below a b.
i hate telling people this though! because im so scared of bragging and bringing other people down. it’s so bad that i hate sharing my achievements (like today, i got into one of the top specialized high schools in my city as well as the top arts high school) but i hate telling people about all the good things that happen to me in school. i set high goals bc im an overachiever, and then i achieve them. people call me “Asian” (which pisses me off, because I’m INTELLIGENT and AFRICAN AMERICAN. is that a problem?), “the walking encyclopedia”, and “the computer”.
but i try not to tell people about this, because not everyone is that way despite the fact that everyone i know works their asses off (which is the most important thing)
am i wrong in doing this? should I keep my achievements to myself?



First of all African Americans are such a mixed race that straight hair is actually very common amongst my people. There’s biracial African Americans, and some of us who’ve had our genes mixed due to slavery.

I have black people in my family who have naturally straight hair do to this, I have met African Americans with straight hair—both light skinned and darksinned—due to this. So no, it’s not cultural appropriation because straight hair is common amongst African Americans.

The problem is people stealing from other cultures—as they do on Instagram, and completely ignoring the one they took it from. The problem is black people looking “trashy” when they wear dreads, or Native Americans looking like “savages” or “dumb” when they wear traditional feathers in their hair, but white people are praised when they do it.

The problem is white people slapping the “g” slur on them like it’s a good thing, yet the term is still being used to oppress the Romani people. But its cool when white girls call themselves G*psies, but when we call Romani people that it’s only to force harsh and harmful stereotypes on an already suffering community.

The issue is that they take from our culture, yet refuse to credit our culture. They take from our culture but aren’t respecting us, but these are our cultures. We have a right to be upset when they are being taken from us. These belong to us, and as people who’ve got a loooonnnggg history of white people stealing and eradicating our culture, it’s not fair that they get to slap it in them like some fashion statement without at least sharing the cultural importance or helping the community they are stealing from.

It’s more than just letting people wear what they want, it’s more than just letting white people as a whole parade over cultures that they have historically silenced and destroyed.

It’s about demanding respect that we’ve continuously had taken from as people of color.

And if they don’t know that they are offending us, then by all means it’s up to us to tell them. If you saw someone offending someone or something, or you, are you just going to sit there and let them continue to be disrespectful? No, you’re going to educate them, which is what I do.


anonymous asked:

hello i hope it is okay to ask, i was wondering if you could explain please the jhope hair drama? i dont mean to be rude i am not from the us and in my culture hairstyles arent critisized like this, is it a us specific thing? i am not defending it i just want to be educated and learn. thank u

oh no it’s fine!! first things first, cultural appropriation is not just a us thing, it’s universal. but that’s not what the problem is. so, hoseok wore tiny braids made by jimin for the mic drop performance. the hair alone isn’t a problem at all since it’s just simple braids anyone can wear not braids used in african/african-american culture. the problem is that the hairstyle was used for a hip hop performance and clearly shows that it was supposed to make a “braids/dreads effect”. you know like the braids & dreads black rappers & artists like a$ap rocky, lil uzi vert etc. wear?

sooooooo I went to the store with my mom today and the black cashier asked me about my skin color (do you tan, where’d you get that olive complexion) and my mom tells him I’m black and he’s like oh really and then proceeds to tell me that I’m a “pretty black”. what the fuck does that even mean? I’ve noticed when some people find out that I’m black they feel as though by default that because I’m black that would make me insecure which is stupid lol bitch every black is beautiful I am in no way ashamed or insecure I love being black

anonymous asked:

How is Dania not African American? Her parents are from the continent of Africa. She was born in Iowa ergo she's African American right?

Nope. Because that’s not what African Americsn means. They are a specific ethnic group. They are the descendents of enslave Africans brought to the United States of America during the trans-atlantic slave trade. We literally coin that terminology for ourselves because we were no longer going to answer nor be called Colored, Negro etc… It wasn’t until after the Civil Rights Movement that the census changed from calling us Colored and Negro to African-American. The problem is no every Black person is AA but all Black people in America are Black American. So therefore later on the US included in their census the word Black to described all Black people of African descendant. But AA is still the terminology to described those who are descendant of enslave Africans brought specifically to the US because that is the word we came up for ourselves due to us not knowing the exact ethnic group/country we come from (since we are probably mixed with more than one ethnicity).

Saying all Black people in the US is AA erases not only their ethnicity and culture but erases the many cultures/sub-ethnicity of African Americans. Not to mention Danai calls herself Zimbabwean-American.

polymathmichael  asked:

Wasn't it Jesse Jackson that pushed for the use of "African American" after seeing it used in a poem in '87?

Yes. Jesse Jackson pushed the term.

However, it’s the mainstream trying to make themselves comfortable.

For example: Obama is an African-American because his family is from Kenya. (Well, Kenyan-American, but let’s keep it general).

I find the term problematic as it’s taking away the shine from actual people from Africa (or however they want to define themselves, if not to a continent). I think it’s pretty sloppy, if you ask me. There are White people who can say “well, I have this culture, and observe it, so I can say I’m from this heritage”… while we’re like “oh, we’re dark skin… we must be from this motherland. Somewhere in the West. Maybe someone from the east. Oh well.”

For some people, it may not be that important. But for me, to keep telling me I’m “African-American” when I know my immediate heritage/culture is not American (I’m first generation of immigrants) is kind of insulting.

“ What I am saying is that most of the definitions of excellence are not excellence, they are deficient. They are largely devoid of sensitivity to African Americans special problems and to African American content. Under these popular definitions, an African American student could be excellent and not know where Africa is, what nations are there, who the leaders are, what the problems are, and how the problems relate to him or her.
It is the cultural retardation in African American history and culture that leaves our children unable to tell the difference between excellent technical talent and excellent role models….”
Asa G Hilliard III -The Maroon Within Us

Kinda Over it

So  a lot of people stare at me especially in school and idk why but on monday I was wearing a skirt with a crop top and I was looking fresh to death holla but as I’m walking to my class this jockey boy is walking behind me as slow as can be and I could just feel his eyes on me.  Someone yelled something and I thought it was my name so I turned around and looked at him and he just met my eyes and stared back with sort of a half smile. It was weird his expression didn’t change. I hurried to my class because I knew tis boy is trouble and has done terrible things. Things like this have happened since freshman year, guys always stare at me and it makes me very uncomfortable because I don’t like to be looked at in that way, especially being one of the only black girls in the school. I remember a guy I was talking to smiled, looked me right in the eyes and throughly looked me up and down and I was super embarrassed and hot. It makes me feel some type of way…


Remember Their Names: 50 African-American Men, Women, & Children Killed By Law Enforcement In America: I’ll let the names and images speak for themselves. Police murder of African-Americans is a huge problem, one that has been swept under the rug for too many years. This needs to stop. Seriously! We can no longer deny, and should no longer deny that this is a problem. #BlackLivesMatter