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Study Shows Racial Discrimination Drives Violence, Depression In Young Blacks

Stress can increase the risk for violent behaviors and depressive symptoms for African-American young adults, according to a study conducted by Lorena Estrada-Martinez of Washington University in St Louis.

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Oftentimes African-Americans — especially young, African-American men — are portrayed in the media as violent, aggressive, and depressed. There seems to be a general assumption that violent behavior is an innate characteristic in African Americans. Research and common sense prove that isn’t true.

According to a study conducted by Lorena Estrada-Martinez, assistant professor  at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, different types of stress, particularly from racial discrimination, can influence the risk for violent behaviors and depressive symptoms in African-American young adults.

African-American youth who were at greatest risk for engaging in violent behaviors while transitioning into adulthood were those who experienced higher levels of racial discrimination in addition to general daily stressors. Contrary to expectations, stress that stemmed from financial shortage and neighborhood stress were not associated with the risk of violent behaviors during emerging adulthood,” Estrada-Martinez says. She notes that risk for violent behaviors decreased over time. Here’s Estrada-Martinez recommendation for solving the problem: “It’s important to note that racial discrimination serves as a lightning rod for violent interactions and must be eliminated from society at the structural level.”  (Read details of the full study here.)

Do you believe society will eliminate racial discrimination at the structural level?


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  1. What does a "BULLZO" look like? and I thought you'd "NEVER EVER" ASK!

    But keep this in mind before we proceed that "SPECIAL RULES" for "SPECIAL KIDS" don't apply in the "REAL WORLD"!

    “BULLZO’s” are present in our everyday lives and show up in our communities, our businesses and in particular our schools! Their effect on our schools and Communities will be the main focus of today’s discussion.
    A "BULLZO" is sort of like "BOZO" the only differences being that they ain't funny, they constantly disturb the class, refuse to participate in any classroom activities and/or assignments and demand one on one attention, instruction and very close supervision. “BULLZO’s” walk in and out of classroom, they constantly use profanity and sadly, they often present as both a danger to themselves and others.

    “BULLZO’s” crave attention and do not and I repeat "DO NOT" differentiate between positive and negative reinforcement. Some People call them "LITTLE TUPACERS" or “THE FREE LUNCHERS” or if they happen to be white, which by the way, is rarely the case, "CRAZY JOHNNY'S"! But, no matter what their shapes, sizes or colors these little “BULLZO’s” typically come from extremely dysfunctional entitlement families! They often live in Housing Projects, Crack and Thug Infested Neighborhoods and come disproportionately from single family homes.
    These little suckers have started popping out of the woodwork over the past 4-years. They seem to have been empowered by a BLACK PRESIDENT that ‘NEVER EVER” addresses their disruptiveness in our Public Schools, Playgrounds and Communities. “BULLZO’s” often show up in our Communities as “ Knock Out Whiteyers”, “Flash Robbers”, “I bet I can tell you where you got those Shoers”, “Drivebyers” and “Rape, Rob and Riders”! These same Guys are systemically given a FREE PASS by the Lily White Jewish Led Lying Liberal Media and have historically been back up by Leftist Groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and 2 Racist Pigs that geaux by the names of Big Al and Mr. Mumbles Jessie Jackson or whatever you want to call that absolute “IDIOT” from Chicago!

    ooOOOOPS I Hope and Pray that I didn't step on anyone's Toes?

  2. Yes, I do believe for some that racial discrimination can drive violence and depression in minorities of all colors. Individuals get frustrated with having to deal with extra problems and blocks to opportunites that others recieve freely. Some minoirities have the extra problems of just living day to day with trying to meet their basic needs of food, shelter and clthing for themselves and their families; add on to that racist preventing them from advancing because ignorance, lack of compassion, empathy. and inequality. Survivial of the fittest causes some of them to choose the path of the least resistence, criminal activities, when no other hope in their mind is in sight.

  3. I believe this to be true. It becomes a sad reality for the black male when he see's that he does not fit the criteria for white america. This is why black men need to educated the younger men and teach them that they will not fit the american dream, because it was not designed for them no matter how much they try.

  4. This kind of news isn’t new we in the black community have known this kind of thing for years. Writing and talking about it doesn’t change anything we need action.

  5. I think that the media, certain people in the lime light and sometimes us as parents are damaging to our children by constantly telling them that white people hate them. That white people run this country and that they have to fight to earn the respect that they need. We teach our children not to take grap from anyone and to stand up for themselfs. But we don’t teach them common curtisy and mannors. How to act in public. We teach them the prison difinition of respect and not the dictionaries version. And then we think that our children will grow up to be functioning adults. Why would a child who lives in fear and hate his whole life think that he should keep the laws of the land and play by the rules.
    I live in the deep south. Racism isn’t based on skin color. It is based on the evil that is in the natural mans heart. White or black, we need to find those that have love in their heart and come together. As americans.
    Leave the Farakans in the history book of what we should avoid. He gets the money and power from spreading his hate. He is no better than the KKK.

  6. this is a big sack of shit people are violent because they whant to and they ain't shit.

    • Maria Weezy Lloyd

      Well let's take away your access from the most important resources (e.g. money, education, health) and see how you react.

    • well lets se i dont make a whole lot of money i cant afford to go to school and insurance is to expensive i still havent goten violence theres a lot of people off all colors that dont have any of those things and they are not violence black people have as much oportnities some take advantage of it and some just wana sell dope and be lazy stop making excuses for these no good as niggaz aint none of them shit that include some of my familie members

    • Ignorance to relevant facts produces mindless comments, it's apparent you lack any knowledge about history, TRY DEVELOPING SOME CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS OUTSIDE YOUR BIAS COMFORT ZONE.

  7. No, we have a black president has anything change.

  8. I believe that society (should) eliminate racial discrimnation at the structural level, should, being the operative word, but our society is made up of people, good bad and indiffernt and or ugly!

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