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Many people are one-issue voters, even in this wacky election season, and I will admit that the issue I care about most is the presidential candidates’ mental health agenda. Admittedly, I pay attention to this information because I and many people that I know suffer from a mental illness. But of equal importance to our community is the way the mental health system impacts healthcare access, the criminal justice system and in-school counseling for children. So let’s take a look at what each candidate has to say about mental health and how the proposed changes would impact the Black community.
As is expected given her long-term commitment to health care, Hillary Clinton has a very comprehensive mental health agenda that covers multiple areas of mental health: early intervention/suicide prevention; mental health parity; training for law enforcement and treatment over jail; access to housing/jobs; and brain and behavioral research.
Clinton’s early intervention platform will address disparities in diagnosis at the infant and childhood level. Research shows that children who experience trauma and sub-optimal parental involvement are likely to develop mental health problems early in life. And a study on PTSD revealed that African American children are more likely than other groups to experience childhood trauma, and more likely than other groups to seek treatment for the effects of that trauma. That kind of untreated stress leads to problems in adulthood like depression, anxiety and other conditions that can be debilitating. Focusing on childhood mental illness triggers would have a positive effect on the overall well-being of Black Americans of all ages.
Another part of Hillary’s mental health platform addresses suicide prevention. In recent years, the suicide rate among Black boys and young men has increased significantly. In 2012, suicide was the ninth leading cause of death among Black children, surpassing the rate of white children. Recently, the American Psychiatric Association estimated that 5-10% of Black men of college age experience depression, leading to suicidal impulses. We can see these statistics at large in the recent confessions of rapper Kid Cudi and Adrien Broner. Broner’s alleged violence towards a waitress is a symptom of mental health issues, more so than his Instagram suicide note. These black men, among others in the public eye who’ve died from suicide, may have benefited from an earlier understanding of depression and suicidality, as would be provided in high schools and colleges under Clinton’s plan.
Clinton’s mental health agenda also addresses the link between incarceration and mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports African Americans are six times more likely than whites to be incarcerated, and 64% of all prisoners suffer from some mental illness. Given these statistics, and the fact that Black people are less likely to seek treatment for mental illness overall, the connection between mental illness and the prison system is very important for our community. Clinton proposes funneling additional funds to local and community organizations that advocate for treatment over incarceration for non-violent offenders. Not only would this action reduce the number of individuals entering prison, it would funnel offenders to needed mental health treatments that would reduce their offenses and keep them in the community.
Donald Trump is less detailed in his mental health agenda, which is wrapped into his overall proposal for healthcare. He focuses his attention on getting treatment for people who are without healthcare in general, which is one of the biggest mental health issues in the black community. His website states:
“We need to reform our mental health programs and institutions in this country. Families, without the ability to get the information needed to help those who are ailing, are too often not given the tools to help their loved ones.”
Though non-specific, Trump correctly addresses lack of information, a problem with mental health care in this country. Lack of information, specifically in the Black community, has to do with our perceptions of mental health problems, lack of access to mental health care, and a historical distrust of the medical field, among other things. If a potential Trump administration were to actually increase mental health education and access to African Americans, that initiative alone — if effective — would itself improve the mental health and outlook of our community.
At the end of the day, many issues will impact each individual’s voting decision in November. However, taking the mental health agenda of each candidate into account in the voting decision could result in better overall healthcare for Black Americans.
It seems that every other week, Donald Trump remembers that there are more than just angry, bigoted White people in this country. And when that thought occurs to him, he’ll do a little outreach. He’ll get an endorsement from Omarosa or Don King, people who are not entirely in touch with the Black community.
But when it comes to his words against virtually ever group of non-White people and even his actions, it’s clear where his loyalties lie.
Like when he shook the hands of all of his White supporters at a rally but ignored the Black man directly in his line of vision.
This week though, Trump is remembering Black folk again. So he used a little, Black girl to appeal to the community.
It’s so obvious this is not genuine affection or interest in this little girl or her parents.
And speaking of her parents, what the hell were they thinking sending her up there? The recording of him talking about his desires to sexually assault women was just released a couple of weeks ago. Why send your daughter up there to be held and kissed by such a man? I hope the check they most likely received for this little stunt was worth it.
Have you ever wondered why people, still, believe in Donald Trump after learning about the obscene things they’ve allegedly said and done?
Well, according to Sara Gorman, a public health expert, and her father Jack Gorman, a psychiatrist and CEO of Franklin Behavioral Health Consultants, “Persuaders might want to reduce the possibility of dissonance by constantly reassuring people that they have made the right choice … or that there is no viable reasonable alternative,” the pair wrote in their new book, Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts The Will Save Us.
In a recent interview with The Atlantic, the father-daughter duo also revealed how seemingly intelligent people find themselves in cults and why the United States government avoids implementing gun-control laws despite the immeasurable gun violence the country has endured in recent years.
When asked whether Donald Trump should be labeled a charismatic leader, Sara Gorman replied, “I would absolutely call him a charismatic leader. A charismatic leader is not necessarily a negative, but what we found in the book and what we see with Trump often is that anti-science charismatic leaders, or charismatic leaders who espouse things that are not true, obviously they have a big effect that can be very negative.”
She continued, “One of the big things for him is that he’s positioned himself as an outsider and being on the fringes. That actually helps him build up his charisma and his identity as a charismatic leader because it creates a very strong sense of him being able to come in and create a totally different order and a revolution. But it also allows him to create a very strong us-versus-them narrative, in which he can really point to a very large group of people—no matter what party they’re in—it’s all of the government is against him and against us, the Americans.”
The Gormans were then asked why we find ourselves in arguments with people who know their stance on gun control is damaging to the safety, protection, and culture of a people. Jack Gorman listed the psychological tricks people use in language to bypass criticism. “I once heard a speech by Wayne LaPierre, the director of the NRA. And you could insert almost any cause into that speech because he almost never actually used the word gun. He talked all about freedoms, fairness, protection, family—you could imagine a far left person talking about their cause putting it in the same words. You’ll very rarely hear Wayne LaPierre talk about the data about whether personal gun ownership is actually safe or not. He’ll talk about, “I’m protecting your freedom,” Jack relayed.
Jack Gorman continued by revealing that when language is loaded with emotions, the need for citations, facts, and common sense fly out the window. What’s left is relatability—who can save me from violent immigrants or who have I known to be accused of something they didn’t do? These are the questions viewers/listeners have when considering who they need to follow or believe. “You probably heard if you listened to the VP debate when the moderator said to Pence, “but you know the most recent incidents were all done by American citizens, how do you account for that?” and he ducked that question and went right back to very loaded emotional words — “tragedies occurring to families.” So what he does is deflect attention away from the data onto these base emotions, and then they tell you, “we’re the only ones who can save you.” And if you already feel like you’re a person who doesn’t have a voice, that’s an extremely attractive way to put things,” he explained.
When The Atlantic’s Olga Khazan inquired as to why people often succumb to conspiracy theories and fuel them without the necessary receipts, the Gormans noted that these theories are so fluid people can find any fearful reason to support the claim because people often attach themselves to worst-case scenarios. “If you’re actually able to disprove one of their tenets, they don’t say, “Oh, guess we were wrong.” They immediately move to another reason to support their original fear. The classic example is with the anti-vaccine people, who are little by little having to give up on the idea that vaccines cause autism. But instead of saying, “Vaccines are safe; you should be vaccinated,” they move on to “It’s too many vaccines, it overloads the immune system.” So they keep moving in this very fluid way. It’s really looking for some reason to support a fear,” Jack said.
So how can we be saved from leaders, celebrities or even a crazy ex who continuously lures you in with charm?
Sara believes that you have to repeat what they tell you in a very “flat manner.”
“Take their arguments and sort of present them in a very unemotional way, and a very bland way, over and over and over, and just repeat weakened versions of the argument in a flat manner. And that has actually been shown to be somewhat effective in getting people out of the grasp of a charismatic leader or a conspiracy theory. So it’s like inoculation, as you can see, because it’s like a weakened version of the thing.”
Read the Gormans’ entire interview with The Atlantic, here.
I’m not a Black parent but if I had a Black child, I certainly would not let her or him dress as a clown for Halloween.
Not this year. Not next year. Not never for that matter.
And especially not while everyone is seeing creepy clowns in bushes and dark alleys everywhere.
And I’m not just talking about Donald Trump.
According to MIC, there have been over 100 clown sightings this year in the U.S alone. How do they know that?
Well apparently there is a map, courtesy of the website Atlas Obscura (you can view the map here), which has been tracking the phenomenon for months.
The sinister clowns, whose nefarious acts range from attempting to lure children into wooded areas to standing under light poles and looking like scary a–clowns, have also been spotted in the UK, Canada and Australia.
The mysterious clown sightings are causing so much alarm, police departments across the country have begun issuing warnings. And there are already reports of violence. According to the Mexican website Posta, two men dressed as clowns were savagely beaten to death after scaring passerbys on the streets of Ecatepec.
The hysteria has gotten so bad, the McDonald Corporation is making Ronald McDonald lay low until everything blows over. No, I’m not kidding.
According to the Associated Press:
“McDonald’s Corp. said Tuesday that it is being “thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events” as a result of the “current climate around clown sightings in communities.” The company did not provide any other details about how often its red-haired mascot makes appearances, and how that will change.”
Poor Ronald. He ain’t even do nothin’. Besides, everyone knows Burger King’s King Mascot is the real creep…
Anyway, what does any of this have to do with Black people?
I’l tell you.
Basically, what is usually considered normal, fun and, at the most, mischievous behavior for White folks becomes menacing, criminal and downright threatening when Black people do it.
Think I’m lying?
We already know Black people can’t hold toy guns without getting real-life gunned down by police. We already know we can’t knock on doors at night, asking for help, without getting shot in the face. We already know that Black kids in particular are under surveillance and being preyed on by wanna-be town watchers. We already know that Black people get the police called on them for looking suspicious. We already know that white people like to invent crimes against Black people. For instance, the “knock-out game,” which was eventually proven to be nothing more than a figment of the white racist imagination. And we already know that, generally, Black kids are seen as older and less innocent than their White counterparts.
So what do you think might happen if little Raheem in a clown mask finds himself on the doorstep of a clown hater – who also has a fear of Black people?
The odds are he won’t be getting a treat.
Listen, I know I may sound a little paranoid, but can you really blame me?
The media is already playing on the anxieties people have about clowns. And when you think about the era we are currently living in – from All Lives Matter to cops pledging their allegiances to Donald Trump’s racist, sexist and xenophobic campaign –there is certainly enough probable cause for us to be concern.
At least for the children’s sake.
I mean, if McDonald’s doesn’t think it’s safe for Ronald McDonald out in these streets, why have your kids out here as painted-up targets?
Charing Ball is a writer, cultural critic, free-thinker, slick-mouth feminist and the reigning queen of unpopular opinions. She is also from Philadelphia. To learn more, visit NineteenSeventy-Seven.com.
Kamie Crawford, who won the title of Miss Teen USA in 2010, has confirmed what many, if not, all of us knew about Donald Trump long before today: he doesn’t like Black people.
“As the first WOC to win the title in almost a decade, I was forewarned prior to meeting him that, ‘Mr. Trump doesn’t like black people. So don’t take it the wrong way if he isn’t extremely welcoming towards you. If he is then you just might be the ‘type’ of black he likes,” Crawford tweeted, added yet one more layer to a series of controversies following the presidential candidate.
What does it really mean to be Miss Teen USA? Today I had the opportunity to sit down with @CNN, @InsideEdition, @TMZ_TV & @GoodMorningAmerica about inclusion, responsibility and diversity – All things that are imperative in a pageant organization and a titleholder in a public position. We also talked about forgiveness, and the importance of second chances – but most importantly we talked about consequences and the results of our actions. I hope that everyone has learned something from this fiasco and that teens and adults everywhere will recognize that the Internet lasts forever and that social media responsibility is just that – the responsibility of the person using it. You just never know where life will take you so be aware and remain socially conscious. Also – be good to one another. There is no excuse for calling 5 teenagers derogatory names for their top finalist placements when they didn't place themselves in those positions. Two wrongs don't make a right and no one deserves to be called names that are racially motivated and demeaning. When they go low, we go high! Let's do that TOGETHER✨✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿❤️ #MissTeenUSA #LiveGrowAndGlow #Throwback (Note: This was my Top 5 back in 2010 👑)
Crawford’s comments emerged after fellow contestants came forward, sharing revealing stories of how Trump would overstep his boundaries and sexually harass the young women as owner of the Miss USA pageant franchise.
NBC News reports, Temple Taggart McDowell who participated in the Miss USA pageant in 1997, shared that when her father introduced her to Trump, he embraced her and gave her a kiss on the lips. “Later, McDowell said, Trump offered to help her get contracts with elite modeling agencies, and during a visit to Trump Tower in Manhattan at Trump’s invitation, he again embraced and kissed her on the lips, this time in front of two pageant chaperones and a receptionist,” NBC noted. Trump dismissed McDowell’s claims by stating he doesn’t know her.
Buzzfeed reports that five contestants who participated in Miss Teen USA said that Trump would walk in on them changing their clothes and many of the girls were as young as 15-years-old.
Trump, himself, confirmed this occurrence in a 2005 interview with Howard Stern:
“I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else. And you know, no men are anywhere. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant. And therefore, I’m inspecting it. You know I’m inspecting it. I want to make sure everything is good,” Trump told Stern at the time. “You know they’re standing there with no clothes. Is everybody OK? And you see these incredible looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that.”
I don’t think we needed any more proof to know that supporters of Donald Trump are a wayward group of people. Anyone talking saying they’re ready for a “revolution” if Hillary Clinton were to win, putting their hands on Trump protesters during rallies, and standing by a guy who likes to grab womenfolks by the you know what are truly the bread in a basket of deplorables. Still, the following story shows that if you run into a Trump supporter on the street (look out for the red hat and bumper stickers), you might want to run in the other direction — or have your pepper spray ready.
According to the Albany Times Union, a Donald Trump supporter by the name of Todd M. Warnken confronted a Black woman at a ShopRite grocery store on Monday night. Police were called and spokesman Steve Smith said that Warnken yelled at the woman, “Trump is going to win and if you don’t like it I’m going to beat your a**.”
According to the woman, 27-year-old Shavaria Moore, it all started when Warnken, standing in an express line at the time, allegedly told two Hispanic customers to get out of the line because they had more than 20 items. When they didn’t, she said that he grabbed their groceries. When the cashier told him to stop, Moore claimed that he called her a “colored.”
After being escorted out of the store for being disruptive, Warnken encountered Moore outside and let her have it as she waited for a cab to take her groceries home.
“He yelled, ‘You (racial slur) had your time. Your eight years are up.’ That’s when he looked and pointed at me,” Moore told the Albany Times Union. “The assistant manager got in front of me and got him to move along.” Afterward, he made the threatening statement.
Police picked him up not far from the ShopRite store and Warnken was charged with misdemeanor aggravated harassment. After being arraigned in court on Tuesday, he was released and ordered to appear in court on October 18. An order of protection was signed during the arraignment.
Moore said that she was quite shaken up after the incident, as she had never been called the n-word in her life. She’s worried that Trump’s ugly campaign rhetoric will make her community a volatile place. It’s clear that it’s already made his supporters as bold as ever.
“I was hurt, I was saddened, I was slightly angry,” Moore said. “I was surprised this type of thing was happening in my town. It made me feel unsafe. I didn’t know if this guy would hit me or throw something. I was shaking. I was alone. I’m safe now but it’s a feeling that is going to take time to go away.”
Twenty-five years ago, Anita Hill found herself testifying in front of an all-male Senate Judiciary Committee, recounting how Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas allegedly harassed her. “He talked about pornographic materials. On several occasions, Thomas told me graphically of his own sexual prowess,” Hill testified in 1991.
As history would have it, Clarence Thomas was not held accountable for his alleged harassment and became a Supreme Court Justice while Anita Hill faced several smear campaigns after their trial. So when Donald Trump’s 2005 interview with Billy Bush was leaked by The Washington Post last week, Anita Hill wasn’t the least bit surprised, but she did share how we as a society should respond to his (and other men’s) vile commentary about women’s bodies.
“Even after 25 years, this is a powerful moment. What we do next is important so this doesn’t happen again to the next generation,” Hill shared while being interviewed by CBS News.
“The focus of the conversation should be the harm that harassment causes the victims and how we’re going to prevent it,” she continued. Despite the reaction Trump has received for his “grab her by the p—-” remarks, Hill fears that the moment will pass and when the topic has been exhausted in the news, the need for change will eventually disappear too.
Do you agree with Anita Hill or will this defining moment in the Presidential election change how both men and women respond to rape culture and harassment?
Watch Anita Hill’s interview with CBS News, below.
Uncle Luke Says He Should Be Reimbursed By Republicans Since Donald Trump Can Freely Use Vulgar Language
If you’re too young to remember, Uncle Luke’s rap group 2 Live Crew was taken to court in 1990 for their profane album As Nasty As They Wanna Be. And while many of us learned how to do the Tootsie Roll or Crybaby to 2 Live Crew’s jams, government prosecutors claimed their album’s vulgar lyrics and the group’s concert performances were that of “deviant sexual acts,” according to The New York Times.
So when The Washington Post leaked audio of Presidential candidate Donald Trump making lewd comments about a variety of women and their body parts from a 2005 interview, Uncle Luke was outraged to say the least and believed the Republican Party to be hypocritical since the 2 Live Crew and other hip-hop artists were heavily scrutinized or censored by the party during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s.
In an Instagram video, Uncle Luke unleashed his feelings:
Boy, I gotta speak on this Donald Trump thing. Isn’t this the party that came after me? The right-wing conservative Republican party? That said, we don’t wanna hear no “We Want Some —“ We don’t wanna hear no “Face Down.” We don’t wanna hear no “Pop That —“
Hold on. I spent millions and millions of dollars dealing with this Republican party? Are you f–king serious? And now your nominee is out there talking about, “Grab her by the c–chie?” Are you serious? I want all my money back! All you Republican right-wing family Christian value people, “we are the party of Christian values,” give me my mother–king millions and millions of dollars back for fighting this unsenseless war for free speech. I. Want. My. Money. Back.
Although the 2 Live Crew’s misogynistic lyrics minimized women to their body parts, just like Donald Trump, Uncle Luke does have a point. When Black musicians use “locker room” talk in their music, they are heavily criticized by a variety of activists and their choice of words is often linked to their race socio-economic background rather than seeing their behavior as part of a larger issue among men.
When white men who are allegedly prolific leaders (or not) use the same choice of words, it’s considered normal and even expected. ABC Nightline News interviewed a group of white women on how they felt about Trump’s comments and one exclaimed, “hey, even women talk like that!”
So, since it appears that many people are pushing rape culture forward by co-signing that men can say (or do) whatever they please, should Uncle Luke get his coins back?
This weekend, it would have been impossible for you to miss the news of Donald Trump’s latest shenanigan. Even if you had, you might have heard the phrase, “Grab them by the p*ssy” more than once over the weekend. And in case you have not, allow me to set the scene. In 2005, Donald Trump was with Billy Bush, who was hosting “Access Hollywood” at the time. The two are pulling into a parking lot on the set of Days Of Our Lives. Donald and Billy were going to be participating in an interview, so they were both mic-ed. And despite this fact, the two still spoke as if they were in a private home.
Though he was married at the time, he spoke to Billy, in great detail, about his attraction to women and how he approaches them.
“I moved on her like a b*tch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”
“I did try and f*ck her. She was married.”
“Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything.”
Never would you impinge that you would need to use so many asterisks to quote a candidate for the highest office in the land, but here we are.
Unlike the three dozen Republicans who withdrew their support from Trump in light of his comments, I was not surprised by his words. After all, I was shocked, appalled and disgusted when he said Mexicans are rapists. Or when he implied that the Muslim mother of a fallen U.S. soldier had been forbidden from speaking at the Democratic National Convention. Or when he suggested that we ban all Muslim immigration into this country. Or when he suggested that because of the election of Barack Obama, who he personally and consistently tried to disparage, that racism was over. He encouraged his supporters to physically attack the Black Lives Matter supporters who attended his campaign rallies and then suggested that the FBI investigate them. Which is an identical strategy to the one J. Edgar Hoover implemented, the one that got so many people killed by the government. From the time he announced that he was running for President of the United States, he’s been doing entirely too much.
So his comments, though vile and repugnant, are what I’ve come to expect from Donald Trump. I’m not outraged. What I am more concerned about are the everyday men who have conversations just like him, without the microphone documenting their misogyny for the world to hear. This type of dialogue about what you’re going to do to a woman, without waiting, without asking for permission, just grabbing a woman is to make light of sexual assault and not just make light of it but to normalize it as well. The more men are exposed to these types of jokes, the more acceptable this behavior appears. And with the prevalence of rape and sexual assault in this country and every where else in the world, it’s not something we can afford.
Shortly after the video was released, Charlemagne tha god tweeted:
I didn’t cringe when I heard Trump say that. I was embarrassed because I know how some of us guys talk about women in public and private.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) October 8, 2016
Dudes will grab random women’s asses but acting like they so appalled by Trump’s comments. If you are do better because you just like him.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) October 8, 2016
If y’all don’t stop with this lame excuse and let’s just all collectively do better to women. https://t.co/2ZPcmnGbEO
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) October 8, 2016
This Trump “Grab The Pussy” thing is a teachable moment. Mirror Effect is real choose to learn from it or don’t. I choose to Learn.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) October 8, 2016
If you follow Charlemagne’s thread of tweets, you’ll see that there were quite a few of his followers who were trying to insinuate that since Charlemagne isn’t running for president, his comments about women are fair game. Thankfully, he saw the response for what it was, an excuse to keep speaking about women in objectifying terms. For someone who has a very sordid, well-documented history in the ways he’s spoken to and about women, I was very happy to see this type of discussion spurred by someone like Charlemagne. And I hope he sticks to his commitment.
Still, it’s not enough to stop the behavior yourself. It’s time that men call each other out on it. After all, Billy Bush didn’t say much in the incriminating video; but it was his laughing, his encouragement and his cosigning that go this conversation that got him suspended from ABC. Him standing idly by, as Trump belittled that woman to her vagina, made it seem like he was in support of that behavior and perhaps might have behaved similarly if he were as much a star as Donald Trump. Far too many times, men don’t check each other because they feel like it’s not their business or not their place. Too many men believe their duty to women stops after they’ve defended and protected their mother, sisters, daughters, nieces and aunties. But that’s not respecting women, that’s family loyalty.
Donald Trump is a stain, an embarrassment to the nation but if there’s anything positive that can come from his presidency, I hope a change in the way men speak and act towards women is one of them.
Is this the president we want for our daughters? pic.twitter.com/GP4rfhPDGm
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 23, 2016
I’ve been pretty vocal about my skepticism of Hillary Clinton. Still, I’m with her. There’s too much at stake with this election and I fear that a vote for Jill Stein or even those still holding out hope for Bernie Sanders, would be a vote for her opponent, Donald Trump. And that just can not happen. Trump, whether he’s adopted a persona during this election cycle or not, is the absolute worst. And honestly, a threat to this country’s national security. He’s made hateful, disparaging comments against every one from Muslims, to Latinos, to Black folks and perhaps most frequently, women.
It was the latter group that Hillary Clinton advocates for in her most recent campaign ad.
In it, she shows girls of various, ages, sizes and ethnicities looking in the mirror while Donald Trump’s words play in the background.
“I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers…”
“She’s a slob.”
“A person who’s flat chested is very hard to be a ten.”
At the end, the ad asks is this the president we want for our daughters.
Pretty powerful, poignant and, as this whole Presidential race has become, terrifying.
Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”