Will in their early 30s, researchers calculated their
Posted On May 26, 2019
Will it ever end, or are we experiencing the peak. Discrimination has always been an issue worldwide, but it seems like it keeps getting worse by the day. Discrimination is not affecting just the physical, mental or emotional aspect of people anymore. Researchers have shown that it’s now affecting the health aspect as well. Racism, bigotry, sexism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and xenophobia are all leading causes to increased health problems in people of color and latinos. And whos to blame? All of us. The purest example of discrimination happens in our own police stations. You would think that a place everybody can be safe is definitely in a police station. However, a black officer pulled up to work in a nice work and what did his white colleague say: “Who would put a black man behind one of these?” But that wouldn’t be the last racial comment he heard from his colleague. It got so bad that in 2015 he had to resign from the force. How can you work beside people that criticize you everyday and expect them to back you up if there were ever an attack? You can expect this officer however to have a stress response, blood pressure increased, increased heart rate, or a signal to release cortisol. In 2008, researchers examined effects of discrimination on blood pressure. “Black and Latino study participants recorded their interactions with perceived racism and were outfitted with blood pressure monitors. The results were striking.” Those who experienced racism were more likely to have higher blood pressure than those who didn’t which is closely linked to mortality. “Over time, this high blood pressure hardens our arteries, increasing the risk of a clot forming in our hearts or brains.” In 2015, researchers studied the effects of discrimination on cortisol, a hormone that helps deal with stress. “They followed black and white children in Maryland, measuring their perceived racial discrimination starting in seventh grade and for 20 years thereafter. When study participants were in their early 30s, researchers calculated their cortisol levels.” Researchers found out that in their early 30s there were slower declines in cortisol levels throughout the day. The decline of the cortisol level can often lead to obesity, depression, decreased immune function, cancer and death. More than 100,000 black people die prematurely each year. But this time we can’t say that it’s only due to gun violence, drugs, or even suicide. Discrimination plays a huge role in it without many people knowing. The more we bring awareness to it the more people will realize how corrupt the society is and hopefully change will occur.