Racism is Bad for Your Health

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People protest during the March In Memory of George Floyd. Krakow, Poland on June 7, 2020. George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, died on 25 May in Minneapolis while he was being restrained by the police. Video footage of the incident showed an officer kneeling on Floyds neck as he gasped for breath. In response to the death demonstrations broke out across the US and other countries. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It’s quite obvious that we still live in a world oppressed by racism. Recent U.S. protests have shown that racism is still very much a part of our daily life – whether we know it or not. It has affected countless lives and continues to plague our society.

These types of social issues are urgent problems, for obvious reasons – racism is wrong. But aside from its impact on our society, did you know that it can also cause serious health problems?

It is proven that racism can lead to depression. And as we all know depression can make a person seriously ill. Some of the known effects of depression are the following:

  • Eating problems
  • Lack of sleep
  • In severe cases, suicidal attempts

Extreme emotions can make our bodies deteriorate, and racism certainly fosters extreme emotion (and rightfully so). But what can you do if you are experiencing racism? There are several ways that you can do to battle out the effects of racism.

  • Refuse to associate with racist people. Period. Cut them out of your life whenever possible. Obviously, this isn’t possible 100% of the time, but whenever you are in control of your communications, cut them out.
  • Let your voice be heard – refuse to accept racism as a part of daily life. This should be the case whether you’re a victim or an observer of racism.

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