I was reading a blog post from Sepultura13:http://sepultura13.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/mental-illness-black-white/ . In this post she discusses mental illness and the disparities in perceptions when it comes to white loons and black loons. I thought I would add my own two cents as a sort of footnote, but also some advice! Fasten your seatbelts because it ain’t pretty, when was mental illness ever so?
Many Black folk who suffer from mental illness I suspect, do so mostly as a result of racism which may be internalized and manifests accordingly. When these white, murderous spree killers, mass murderers and other assorted evil assholes do what they do best, they are given labels which basically characterizes them as anomalies, that is, something external caused them to be like this. If a black person does any of these things, there is something inherently wrong with them or by extension their communities. Because of these disparate views, whites blame external forces, whilst blacks internalize hatred and lash out in many instances against each other. Internalized racism can manifests itself in many ways from something seemingly innocuous, to violent acting out against other black folk. This is where self-awareness comes in to play as a remedy(not a cure if you are actually suffering from a mental illness) against such. Self knowledge goes a long way in preventing many of the ills down the road of life, the name of the game being prevention. The more knowledge you acquire about yourself, your history, background, society and how it works in general, the better prepared you will be in navigating society’s white supremacy. I always half-jokingly say I am glad I grew among mostly whites, as it prepared me and set me on the road to acquiring knowledge at an early age. I learned early what day it was. As I got older, I learned the intricacies and complexities of racism and was able to put a name to racist modes of behaviour.
Hate is all too easy – that is woefully apparent on the interwebs.
Yes, that is an understatement! But then again, people hate what they fear. This can paralyze people out of effecting any change. Hate does nothing. Action does! Don’t hate cogitate! Excessive negative emotions only serves to empower the ones evoking or wielding some sort of power over you. Take the tools that they put in place so that they can feel good about themselves(we are helping those coloureds!), and use them! Cull the wheat from the chaff, the crabs who want to cling to the other crabs in the barrel in regards to the kerchief heads. Let em! You only have control over yourself. Controlling other’s (unless they are into S&M, or your husband, just joking!), is a colossal waste of time. Once you realize this, you are half way there(wherever there is). You will meet other like minded persons along the way.
Mock the fools and don’t try and educate them in ‘niggerology’ when they ask you why black people do such and such. Tell them you don’t know every black person in the world or even in the area you live, so you can’t answer their stupid and racist questions. In fact, deride them for their ignorance by asking them why so many white men enjoy molesting children or some like question. The responses are hilarious. However, many are too stupid to correlate the stupidity and derailment of your response to their asinine question, so more comedy will ensue! After dropping this little morsel, leave and ignore them, don’t give them a chane to bring up up stupid racist questions or make statements about black criminals for instance, or some other racist argument. Oh, and try to do this with a straight face(I get a good laugh out of these types of fools). They are not really interested in what you have to say, they just want to reinforce whatever racist stereotype they have. They can use what the black person says to ‘educate’ their white friends using you as their barometer. Many black people fall for this. Many black folk delight in having this opportunity to enlighten these white folks, as they think they are perhaps, making them less ‘racist’ by doing so, or, maybe they are so starved for attention from these whites, who knows? Who gives a shit? Keep walking. They can educate themselves the same way I did when I had to learn about my history on my own. The schools sure as fuck didn’t. They still don’t, teachers I know will attest to this!! (that’s another post!)
If you or anyone you know suffers from any form of mental illness such as depression, get help in whatever form. Mental Illness should not be tabooed or seen solely as a ‘white’ thing, regardless of the racist perception of blacks and mental illness. If you find yourself constantly in a state of anger, meditate and educate yourself and confront and speak to what is angering you, to hell with naysayers. People will either respect you or give you a wide berth, the wide berth being preferable especially when you are dealing with assholes. The dumb can remain dumb as it is energy draining to try to educate them which is something they can do themselves.
Anywho, that’s all for now! Happy New Years!!!!
#1 by diaryofanegress on January 1, 2013 - 20:01
Great post, Hernie! I suffered from depression and it’s horrible but I’m on the right track now.
#2 by Herneith on January 1, 2013 - 20:46
Mental illnes runs the gamut between sevrely chronic to ‘mild’. May you have continued wellness!!! Happy New Years!!
#3 by sepultura13 on January 3, 2013 - 11:23
Excellent post, and thank you for the shout-out…much appreciated! 😎
You hit the nail on the head here. I see many Black folk around here literally doing backflips to gain the favour of whites, whilst ignoring other Black people and even joining in on racist jokes and insults. Apologizing for racist behaviour is the ultimate act of self-hatred. And yes, growing up around whites is definitely an interesting school! Because of this, I can sniff out a racist fucktard a mile away – and, I love making them dance to my tune when they try to push my buttons!
Exactly!!! Don’t fester in a rut as they do, laugh at them – wallowing in depression and self-pity only lets them win because you’ve given them the control over your emotions. For gawd’s sakes, DON’T seek mental help from the same people who are responsible for your depression and/or anxiety…if one needs help then they should seek out a Black psychologist or psychiatrist.
Agreed – whites who ask stupid-ass, supposedly ‘innocent’ questions about “why do Black people do (x, y or z)?” aren’t interested in any meaningful conversation. Engaging them in any serious fashion is a waste of time. When I see these supposed arguments and ‘debates’ I’m reminded of the question “a fool and a wise man are arguing in the street – how do you tell the difference?” Mock them like the fools they are! 😀
Excellent advice! Some people respect me; most give me a wide berth – and that’s fine with me! 😆
#4 by Crissjensen on February 23, 2013 - 14:59
Another great post. will give to friends of mine.