Life Experience: Episode 02

The life-and-death effects of racism in the U.S. go far beyond police shootings (albeit the hot topic right now). Research has shown that, on average, a black youth faces one major discriminatory experience each year. It could be in the form of police interaction, blocked opportunities, health screening and care, stereotyping or many other forms. Education alone does not save black men. While money helps in some instances, it has little to no impact on improving health outcome for these men. A man can pay a very high price for their ticket to the top of the society. Alienation from those in the community that have less as well as push back from other races in the class can lead to severe depression.

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It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.

W.E.B DuBois

This perpetual measurement is taxing, physically and psychologically, and may be even more acute for middle-class Black people, who navigate invisible boundaries and cross barriers, especially in public spaces such as the workplace. Du Bois’ analysis
of the interlocking systems of class and racial exploitation inform analyses of the vulnerability of upwardly mobile Black Americans.

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