The Legacy of Racism and It’s Continued Erosion of Black Mental Health

By Janice Hayes Kyser

“I don’t want to walk through life thinking every other person I meet hates me simply because I am black,” a close friend recently confided.

Her words reverberated in my head and penetrated my soul. Here was someone who had risen to the top of her industry and lived and thrived in mostly white environments her entire life, sharing this profound burden. It is a burden she carries with grace and dignity. She is not alone. …


I felt the gases in my stomach starting to churn as I watched this week’s VP debate. The already curly hairs at the nap of my neck felt moist. The interaction between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris triggered some uncomfortable memories of my days in Fortune 100 meeting rooms. I know women all over this country were experiencing similar feelings as they witnessed an accomplished woman being talked down to, talked over and dismissed.

With his smug self righteousness Pence was channeling far too many white male executives we have all had the displeasure of working with…


The writer leaves the most scintillating, salacious and unbelievable plot twist until near the end. Donald J. Trump has not veered from this formula. With fewer than four weeks until the election, he has written an October surprise — a B movie in which only he could star.

Suit-clad and sulky, he boarded Air Force Two for Walter Reed Medical Center just days after his bullying bravado cast him as the incompetent, irrational and most ungracious person that he is. …


Kamala Harris looks good on paper. She went to the best schools. She possesses an impressive resume. She was the first black person and first woman to serve as Attorney General of California, she is one of 26 women currently serving in the U.S. Senate and she is the first black woman vice presidential nominee of a major political party in U. S. history.

She also looks good in person. She is fit. Her skin is a creamy caramel, her hair has the shine some of us can only get from a bottle, and her smile is engaging.

Top to…


I commend the professional athletes who agreed it’s time to stop playing, both literally and figuratively. The NFL and all of us Got Next. Black people, woke people, the time has come for us to use our power like the currency it is. We have to hit them where it really hurts; in the wallet. This movement is about the value of black lives, but the only color that will ultimately get their attention is the color green. Lest we forget, money is what really matters in this society.

So Lebron and his NBA brethren are on point; it is…


As a little girl I thought the postal service was magic. I would write a letter on wide ruled paper, fold it carefully and put it in an envelope and my mom would drive me to the blue box where I would drop it in the slot. Weeks later, my Dad, a young airman in Vietnam would call on a crackly phone connection and say he got it. I would picture my Dad in his starched uniform sitting on his bunk writing back to me. …


Before I started making calls on behalf of the Biden/Harris ticket I thought the latest poll indicating that a majority of Americans think President Trump is better equipped to handle the economy, was, to steal one of Trump’s favorite expressions; fake news.

However, after spending a couple of hours dialing for Democrats this past weekend, I am starting to believe this poll. It seems the nurse I spoke to, the car salesmen and the paralegal, are not relating Covid to the economy. Maybe, they, like the majority of those polled, are not, putting two and two together. …


Dear Black people:

I love you all, I really do, but right now some of you are getting on my last good nerve. Instead of celebrating a historic moment — a moment when a brilliant black woman has the opportunity to bring our collective pain to the seat of power, some of you all are grumbling about stuff that is so tired and self-defeating.

In the past 24 hours I have heard and read caustic comments about Kamala Harris from Black folks, as if the racist tropes coming from the White House aren’t enough. I knew she was going to…


Every day in America as a woman of color is like a slap in the face. A stinging, jarring reminder that you are not equal. The jolt might be a snarky remark from a colleague, or someone who pushed by you in the store as if you were invisible, or the fact that the murderous cop who killed Breonna Taylor still hasn’t been arrested.

This morning I awoke to the mind numbing news that women’s organizations and organizations representing women of color are preparing for an onslaught of sexist and potentially racist attacks on Democratic presidential elect Joe Biden’s female…


WHEN REP SCOTT YOHO CALLED REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ A BITCH, HE CALLED EVERY WOMAN IN AMERICA A BITCH

Any woman who has been perceived as a threat to an insecure man knows the B-word has been used to describe her at one point or another. Earlier this week, Representative Scott Yoho hurled the obscenity at his House colleague, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, spotlighting the ignorance and intolerance that extends from the stairs of the Capitol to every corner of this country.

Did Representative Yoho choose Representative Ocasio-Cortez because she is young, gifted and Latina? Did he make her his target because she represents the future and he and his good old boys are fast becoming relics of the past? Perhaps…

Janice Kyser

Janice Hayes Kyser is a Las Vegas-based journalist who writes on a broad range of topics including social justice, health, fashion and adoption.

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