By Greg B.
So it turns out that the stresses of racism are more detrimental than we realized. A new study found that black men, who have been victims of racism and those that chose to internalize the issues have a higher likelihood of aging faster because of it.
The study was published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine, and it drew conclusions that the added stress may explain the differential of life span between blacks and whites.
It went on to state that systematic racism, driving while black, stop and frisk as well as shopping while black, or any other explicit racial experiences are drivers of shortening the cellular age of the participant.
This is in no way empirical data, it is almost all anecdotal as the men involved in the study were asked if they had been subjected to racism either at work, attempting to acquire housing, or in public while receiving customer service.
“Despite the limitations of our study, we contribute to a growing body of research showing that social toxins disproportionately impacting African-American men are harmful to health,” lead investigator Dr. David H. Chae, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, explained. “Our findings suggest that racism literally makes people old.”
This is a very telling study given the fact that racism has become such a huge part of our social structure and public perception here lately. The use of the “N” word, president Obama being elected, stop and frisk; and lastly the rise of Fox News has in aggregate contributed to the more overt forms of racism we see daily.
Now, we must look for a way to curtail this issue, considering how prevalent it is, if it seems to be no end in racism forthcoming, then we must calmly, strategically and faithfully deal with racism as it occurs and move forward.
Chime in, tell me about some form of racism that you have faced.
Source Atlanta Black Star
Greg B., is a financial professional and native Ohioan who is the writer here. I am an avid reader, coffee connoisseur and dog lover. Follow me on Twitter @love2edify.