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Post-Traumatic Blackness Disorder: The Mental Toll of Surviving Racism

From Michael Harriot, at The Root

There is a movement underway to ban Bull in the Ring from all football programs...Old timers say it toughens players and helps a team get “pumped up.” People who have never played football call it brutal and unnecessary. Some coaches call it “King of the Circle.” Others simply call it “Kill the Man.

Black people call it “life.”

Like Bull in the Ring, being Black in America can lead to long-term brain damage. The toll that racism plays in mental health has not yet been fully quantified, but ongoing research shows that racial discrimination is a significant contributor to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. And, while many people attribute many of these disorders to brain chemistry, poverty or some other social factor, simply existing as a Black person in a nation where every weapon formed against you seems to prosper is enough to leave mental scars for life.

“About one in four Black Americans will experience an anxiety disorder at some point,” write Dr. Jessica R. Graham-LoPresti, Dr.Tahirah Abdullah, Dr. Lindsey M. West and Amber Calloway, four black female mental health researchers, who called the condition “racial battle fatigue,” adding:

Social anxiety disorder is the most common anxiety disorder, with a lifetime prevalence of 10.8% among Blacks, followed by generalized anxiety disorder (5.1%), panic disorder (3.1%), and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In addition, anxiety is more persistent (i.e, symptoms last longer) in Black Americans as compared to the general population. However, Black Americans seek mental health treatment considerably less often and/or dropout of mental health treatment before the recommended dose of therapy more often compared to the general population.

While the negative impact of racism on mental health is pervasive and far-reaching, these studies suggest a link between racism and symptoms associated with anxiety. There are three specific ways we think experiences of racism negatively impact stress and anxiety for Black Americans:

Perceptions of lack of control
Avoidance of valued action

It is easy to point to the overt forms of racism and draw a direct line to mental health issues but, for Minority Mental Health Month, The Root asked a few readers ...

More at the link:


Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF) Interactive Atlas Of Surveillance

Law enforcement surveillance isn’t always secret. These technologies can be discovered in news articles and government meeting agendas, in company press releases and social media posts. It just hasn’t been aggregated before.

That’s the starting point for the Atlas of Surveillance, a collaborative effort between the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the University of Nevada, Reno Reynolds School of Journalism. Through a combination of crowdsourcing and data journalism, we are creating the largest-ever repository of information on which law enforcement agencies are using what surveillance technologies.

The aim is to generate a resource for journalists, academics, and, most importantly, members of the public to check what’s been purchased locally and how technologies are spreading across the country.

We specifically focused on the most pervasive technologies, including drones, body-worn cameras, face recognition, cell-site simulators, automated license plate readers, predictive policing, camera registries, and gunshot detection.

Although we have amassed more than 5,000 datapoints in 3,000 jurisdictions, our research only reveals the tip of the iceberg and underlines the need for journalists and members of the public to continue demanding transparency from criminal justice agencies.


The Atlas of Surveillance project was made possible through a partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno Reynolds School of Journalism. It would not have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of Prof. Gi Yun, Associate Dean Donica Messing, and Dean Alan Stavitsky.

More than 500 students, teachers, volunteers, journalists, and other researchers contributed time, passion, and data to this project.


Users can search for information by clicking on regions, towns, and cities, such as Minneapolis, Tampa, or Tucson, on a U.S. map. They can also easily perform text searches by typing the names of cities, counties, or states on a search page that displays text results. The Atlas also allows people to search by specific technologies, which can show how surveillance tools are spreading across the country.

Built using crowdsourcing and data journalism over the last 18 months, the Atlas of Surveillance documents the alarming increase in the use of unchecked high-tech tools that collect biometric records, photos, and videos of people in their communities, locate and track them via their cell phones, and purport to predict where crimes will be committed.

While the use of surveillance apps and face recognition technologies are under scrutiny amid the COVID-19 pandemic and street protests, EFF and students at University of Nevada, Reno, have been studying and collecting information for more than a year in an effort to, for the first time, aggregate data collected from news articles, government meeting agendas, company press releases, and social media posts.

If you are interested in collaborating...


Rep. John Lewis takes stage at rally for Democrat Stacy Abrams

Beautiful trouble advances humanity.

Lewis, former President Barack Obama, and others attended the rally.

Today's Corrido -- Massive Attack x Young Fathers

"Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it." ― Bertolt Brecht

Dance On Camera

Now in its 48th year. Streaming is online from July 17 - 20 at dancefilms.org.

The Real Kanye ...

and how you can't tell a Kanye book by its Yeezy cover ... and because I love 'Rick & Morty,' and low stim space, design, Dave Chapelle, and children, too

Happy Bastille Day

I love the French for giving us the Statue Of Liberty every time I see it.
I've loved American Jazz, and the fact that the French held jazz festivals of our music before we ever did.
I love that James Baldwin lived in France, was happy there, and learned what a free society felt like.

I love...
French DJ and ambient techno music.
French classical composers.
French parenting, their love of children, their schooling system,
French cooking, baking.

I love the French love of art, sun and beaches, nature,
their bullet train and so much else.

My next and probably last trip was going to be to France.
But now, American passports are worthless.

Here's some French and American history.

I just want to remember today that the French have had Americans' back, especially about Western values and freedom. We've taken that for granted.

We're going to need our allies back soon. I can't think of a better historical ally than France.

Oh, and I love France's national anthem. If you're offended by the words, you should read the 2nd and 3rd verses of the American national anthem.

Creepy Trump

The Houston Chronicle's Sunday Obituary

43 pages, requiring a separate binder

Governor Cuomo Pandemic Update July 13 2020

"We're not going to use our children as guinea pigs...I tell the experts, determine that by science.

So the formula is this: Schools will reopen IF that region is in Phase 4
AND the daily infection rate remains under 5% or lower over a 14-day average...
that means the virus is under control.
That means it's safe to reopen, and then the schools can proceed to reopening in that region.

That determination will be made the first week in August...
Between the first week in August and school opening day, if the virus spikes,
the safety valve is a floor -- schools will close if the regional infection rate is over 9% in a 7-day average... that means the virus is moving rapidly... purely on the numbers, on the science...

Continue to monitor the 14-day rolling average across regions...

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