Your Hate Is Making Me Sick

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. Like most of us she…