The Reckoning Will Be Incomplete Without Black Women and Girls
To Be Female, Anxious and Black | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA
On May 25, George Floyd died, calling for his mother and gasping for breath. The agonizing moments were captured on camera and shared with the world. When black husbands, fathers, sons, and neighbors fall victim to law enforcement, often black wives, daughters, mothers, and girlfriends pick up the pieces. Sometimes the weight is too much to bear. Even though there is now a nationwide outcry against systemic racism and its by-products—the over-policing, incarceration, brutalization, and murder of black people—the discussion and activism almost always center men and boys. By minimizing the trials of black women and girls, the country will miss the full picture of devastation that the American police state imposes on African Americans.
A new report shows how racism and bias deny black girls their childhoods
There's no denying that many women are afraid of getting older — or at least looking it. That meant appearing older as a woman could speak to your influence — the older you looked, the more you were respected. But more so about celebrating life as the years go on. We get excited to see Black women age, given the social structures that try to extinguish us.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder in the United States. Data show that for Black women, anxiety is more chronic and the symptoms more intense than their White counterparts. This description, however, only tells half the story. What it does not tell us is how anxiety is perceived and experienced daily by Black women. These images affect how other people see Black women and how they see themselves.