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The insidious link between racism and depression


In June, Janet Jackson revealed to Essence magazine that she spent her 30s battling “intense” depression. Reflecting on those “difficult years,” the singer ticked off the forces behind her struggle: low self-esteem, failing to meet “impossibly high” standards and — “of course” — racism.

While depression can be triggered by several biological and environmental factors, the link between racism and depression “is undeniable,” Suzette Speight, a psychology professor at the University of Akron, tells The Post.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-Americans are significantly more likely to report major depression than whites. Speight, who’s done extensive research on black mental health, says that study analyses “consistently find a…

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Producer Says He Was Frozen Out of Weinstein Co. Sale Because of Racism



Peart is the latest striving African-American who has been cheated out of his hard-won right to occupy the winner's circle because of his race. Lantern's …
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Racism Kept Connecticut’s Beaches White Up Through the 1970s | History


Lebert F. Lester II still remembers his first trip to the beach. It was the late 1970s, and he was 8 or 9 years old, the eighth in a family of 11 children from a poor and mostly African-American neighborhood in Hartford, Connecticut. The shore of Long Island Sound lay less than 40 miles away, but until that weekend Lester had only ever seen the ocean in books and on television.

“I was really excited,” Lester says, recalling how he and other kids from the neighborhood spilled out of their bus and rushed down to the water. They had been equipped with sand pails and shovels, goggles and life jackets—all donated by an anti-poverty organization that had organized the trip. Lester set to work…

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The racist myth of the ‘physical’ African football team | Racism


I love listening to white men, especially old white men, talk about black athletes during major global sporting events. I have been following the kind of language white pundits use during FIFA World Cups and Olympic Games for years, so I am well aware to their fascination with and ridicule of the black body.

I was hardly surprised that someone like British businessman and reality TV star Alan Sugar came up with bitter and racist tweet about the Senegalese team at the World Cup in Russia. 

Sugar’s colonial mindset saw the Senegalese team as people selling sunglasses on beaches, not as world-class players who deserve praise for their success.

Sugar’s statement demonstrates the implicit prejudice that often surfaces in Western media discussions about African players. That Sugar and many of…

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Panel examines how historical racism has impacted Charlottesville today



Hosted at Piedmont Virginia Community College, the panel was made up of Niya Bates, public historian of slavery and African-American life at …
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Workplace Racism Under Review at City Hall – June 20, 2018


San Francisco’s reputation for being a progressive city rings true for only a portion of its population. If you’re Black, it’s harder to find work, get a loan to buy a house, and escape the racially charged clutches of the criminal justice system. City Hall hearings and news articles have mentioned the dwindling African-American population as an aside for years, but thus far, most efforts to remedy issues of implicit racism against Black people have been folded into other, larger pieces of legislation — such as creating a small neighborhood-preference policy for affordable-housing units in an attempt to keep people in the districts where they grew up.

Members of SEIU Local 1021, a union that represents thousands of public service workers in San Francisco, are demanding that the…

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