#5. Digging Deep!

The topics from my mind map that I decided to choose were the effects and the feelings. Both are effected in different ways, positive and negative.

For effects, I learned that racism has extensive effects. For example, it can severely impact your mental health and cause traumatic stress. This stress is linked to negative mental health outcomes, such as depression, anger, physical reactions, avoidance, intrusion, hyper-vigilance, and low self-esteem. Not only does it cause those, and many more awful problems, but it interferes with education. I read in an article about a young black child being arrested for “acting violently”.

On September 30, 2016, the mother of a Black grade one student missed several calls from her daughter’s school in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto. When she called back, a school official passed the phone to a police officer, who informed her that her six-year-old daughter had bee n placed in handcuffs. Upon arriving at the school, the mother learned that the police had been called in by school staff because her daughter had been reportedly acting in a violent manner. The two police officers had handcuffed the girl—who weighed a total of forty-eight pounds and was unarmed—by attaching her hands and her feet together at the wrists and ankles.” This story hurt to read. The article continued on to talk about how the school and officers involved refused to give an immediate apology and that the lawyers of the family, along with the African Canadian Legal Clinic had to file complaints for anti-black racism against the school and the police station.

I also read an article that explained what sort of discrimination each race went through. Of course, one singular article couldn’t get through to every race and every single thing they went through, but it did offer some valuable information. It spoke about how Asian people were stereotyped to be the “model minority” despite how untrue it was. How they’re profile when applying for a job was less impressive than the average white person because of the lack of education and experience. It also spoke of internment camps during WWII, but it never went into detail. This is something I’d like to learn a little bit more about if I can.

The only positive effects that I could find was that if you can continue on it makes you stronger emotionally. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This entire effects also ties into the feelings topic as well because these effects are the emotions. Emotions are complicated and racism can make many different ones bubble to the surface. As I’ve stated before, racism can cause anxiety, depression, and many other things, but they all tie into emotion as well.

Emotions are complicated and can be unpredictable. The stress of racism can cause someone to feel alienated and have low self-esteem. I learned that by extension racism can effect your entire life. People who are consistently dealing with racism are more likely to not attain more in life, especially in education. They’re also more likely to become resentful and aggressive which can lead to criminal behavior.

I read many different articles about racism, its effects, how to spot racism in a community, what sort of things different races went through in the past, and all of them were fairly enlightening. Because of the many articles I read, my post is a bit all over the place.

Melaina Bassette

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