There is no group, gender, sexual identity, race, or cultural belief that can prevent mental illness from occurring, yet the prevalence of mental illness today is higher than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. That’s especially alarming for minority women. Women are at least twice as likely to experience an episode of major depression as men. And, compared to their Caucasian counterparts, African American women are only half as likely to seek help.
- Erica Martin Richards, Md., Ph.D. (1)
Covid 19, the Pandemic
In February 2020, schools, stores, restaurants, airlines, businesses, and the world pivoted, and conducted as much business as possible online.
The gun violence against Blacks in America impact Black women and mothers, more than any other group. When George Floyd was being murdered, he cried out for his mother, and Black mothers in America could not save him. When Brianna Taylor was shot dead in her home, every Black woman wondered if it could happen to them. And when Ahmaud Arbery was shot while jogging, Black women who walk and jog were weary to continue.
The tragic truth is Black women today are under pressure to protect themselves and their families unlike any other sector of our population.
There is an exodus taking place and many Black American women are choosing to live in other countries. And for those who remain, they are entrepreneurial and unapologetically uncompromising their happiness, talents and worth less and less.