Acknowledging oppression is key to understanding African-American experience, psychologist says – News – Akron Beac…

Poverty, infant mortality, stress and community violence are all issues that African-Americans deal with at a disproportionately higher rate than whites.

While these barriers might not be obvious to some, Tania Lodge isn’t asking that everyone see them. She just wants everyone to acknowledge and validate their presence.

“The barriers are only invisible to those seemingly unaffected by it,” said Lodge, the clinical director of the Minority Behavioral Health Group. “When it’s invisible to you, sometimes we’re not as sensitive or understanding or can respond in a way that can be helpful or productive.”

Lodge gave a presentation Sunday sharing insights about creating a better understanding and awareness of the African-American experience, along with information about how to…

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