Racism is a daily reality for Black teens and linked to depression
“It can happen when you least expect it. I was playing an online game and I guess my voice gave me away. The next thing I knew my opponent called me the ‘N-word.’ It surprised me. That wasn’t the first time. Your voice gives you away,” 17-year-old Lyndell Coles told The Final Call.
“I also experience racism when White people talk about Black people around me. I’m very light skinned so they don’t always know I’m Black and I often hear them say rude things to Black people they don’t say to White people. I just have to listen and be quiet. It makes me sad but there’s nothing I can do about it,” he lamented.
Black teenagers experience daily racial discrimination, most frequently online, which can lead to negative mental health effects, according to a new study.
Researches surveyed 101 Black youth between the ages of 13 and 17 from predominantly Black neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., every day for two weeks about their experiences with racial discrimination and measured changes in their depressive symptoms during that period. Eighty-eight percent of participants identified as African American or Black, one percent identified as African, one percent identified as Afro-Latino, two percent identified as biracial/multiracial, and eight percent identified as “other,” noted the study.
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