This research study had my mind racing non-stop (mind you it was already going 1922 miles per hour). Over the past few months, I’ve read endless articles and have had dozens of conversations about how the turmoil in this country can affect our mental and emotional well-being. The hateful speech and division across the nation is causing trauma in ourselves, our families and our communities. It is critical that we all be intentional with self-care, especially since there is evidence that discriminatory actions can affect our physical health. As the article stated, there are several factors that contribute to hypertension. However, we can no longer ignore how discrimination affects us physically. This study was such an eye opener for me to become even more intentional with how I internalize, cope, and heal from the daily challenges that are directed way simply because I am a Black women.
P.S. - Yes, there are other obstacles I face that are not correlated with my racial and gender identity but that’s not the topic.
Quinlan J, Pearson LN, Clukay CJ, Mitchell MM, Boston Q, Gravlee CC, et al. (2016) Genetic Loci and Novel Discrimination Measures Associated with Blood Pressure Variation in African Americans Living in Tallahassee. PLoS ONE 11(12): e0167700. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0167700