The stigma around mental issues is still thick in our communities, but singer Summer Walker has an important message for anyone who is still adhering to ignorant views around anxiety and depression.
The award-winning artist took to the stage of the Soul Train Awards to deliver a super brief, shaky speech after winning the “Best New Artist” award. Her short time on stage received backlash from folks on social media, who called the entire moment an act.
The “Come Thru” singer took to Instagram in the aftermath to address the criticism and call out Black folks, particularly Black moms, who punish their children for their social issues.
“1.bareface & beautiful,” Summer captioned a photo after snagging her Soul Train Award.
Continuing, “2.you know the scariest s*** I’ve been witnessing is that most of the women leaving negative comments like “it’s an act” , “I don’t have the right to act like this b/c I’m famous, “b*** you slow” or just flat out making fun of me for being vulnerable. HAVE CHILDREN, these women have children. It makes me feel soo bad cause it’s clear that if the children are developing or struggling with any type of mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, it’ll be brushed to the side and will never receive any treatment because it’ll just be “an act”. These parents are probably so ignorant that instead of reading up on symptoms they just whoop the child sad, my s*** started at 6 so yes kids have it to.”
These comments come just a few days after Walker cancelled her tour due to anxiety. She took to social media to apologize to fans and to explain the rigorous tour life isn’t congruent with her mental health.
” I’m not going to be able to carry on this tour because it doesn’t really coexist well with my social anxiety,” she shared.
“My personality—I don’t think introverts are really… I really hope that people understand and respect that. At the end of the day, I’m a person. I have feelings. I get tired. I get sad. And it’s just a lot. I don’t want to lose myself for someone else. I want to give y’all what I can. So, I’m going to keep making music and I’m going to do a few shows but I can’t finish.”