5 Reasons Why I Wish Racism was a Mental Health Disorder

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Oh for goodness sakes!

I  keep hearing this stuff buzzing around again. 

Every time certain folks commit violent crimes people start up with mental illness as a reason. 

Let me say this.  Most people with mental health disorders have the deepest capacity for empathy that I have ever seen.  There is no rush to forgive. No rush to heal. No rush to forget.

If you’ve never been to a multi-racial support group of any sort I’m telling you it will change your whole life.   Amongst people with mental health disorders, my pain found respite.

There aren’t the callous brush-offs when I discuss how racism makes my struggles so much worse. No blame. No shame. No guilt. No, 

But black people….

Why do you insist on slandering good folks by putting murderers in the same category with folks with a health ailment. So here we go.  You want some of this. You got it. Let’s share.

1. If racism was a mental health condition, folks could take medication.  See, this way when they start saying silly/ignorant stuff online like folks do every day that ends in the letter “y”, then we could ask them if they were taking their meds. And when we do, no one would accuse us of being bullies.  Cause that is the usual wrestling move.  

When politicians, journalists, newspapers, actors, etc. make racist comments then we could all wonder aloud if they might be off their meds.  We could wonder whether or not they needed treatment.

 Oh, you think you’re tired of the “politically correct” stuff now.  Ha. You ain’t seen nothing yet. Wait until they make you talk to show that you are being compliant with “your” treatment goals.

2.  We could have awareness campaigns without ridiculous obstruction.  Sometimes folks hold onto lack of knowledge like Linus from the Peanuts Gang with that blanket. People could finally stop accusing you of playing the “race card” every time you speak of race.  They could finally stop acting like experts even though they have NO experience or education to speak of. 

And we could finally do away with the notion that it is rude to talk about race in polite company.  What the….? 

3.  We could have awareness campaigns.  I want to list this one again. I like it.  People can stop building their entire careers, networks, brands, sports teams off of other cultures while continuing to perpetuate racist stereotypes. And minorities could properly educate people on why such practices are wrong.  

Oh, this is getting good.

4.  Insurance might cover some costs for racism.  Therefore, there would be no excuses for anyone to “suffer” from it.  Such folks could get treatment.  That would be great because it might save those of us who suffer from racism daily. Perhaps we could save money on those costs.  

Quality of life might be enhanced. Less depression, high blood pressure, heart attacks, etc.  

My goodness.  I’m just inhaling and exhaling so deeply right now.

5. Uh-oh. What about those 72 hour holds though? Or those long-term psychiatric treatment in-patient holds?  

Now, if you continue to be racist to the point that it is a threat to others or yourself, Oooooh.  They can start keeping folks.  Yes, they can keep you in the hospital against your will for being a danger. They might have to build more facilities than schools.

Oh, I could go on. I’m telling you though. A person of any shade or hue who truly suffers from a mental health disorder can tell you one thing.  Be careful what you ask for. 

6.  Many of us might live.  Racism causes suffering.  Racism exacerbates or causes physical and/or emotional illness. Racism keeps hard working folks who want to work out of work.  

Racism causes us to suffer in isolation for extended periods if we encounter domestic/sexual violence.  Racism keeps men, women, and children from seeking professional help from therapists, doctors, etc, because being vulnerable can be even more dangerous to your health. 

I’m just going to leave this right here. In the words of my wonderful and wise teachers when I submitted work that was less than what I was capable of,

 “You can do better.” We can do better. At least I hope so.

Special comment from previous post:

Marilyn Long said:
I so agree! I have always believed that it is not a mental health disorder, but a heart disorder.

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