Rashid Rose: The over-representation of Blacks in the Mental Health System

The majority of Caucasians believed Africans to be inferior (Billinsley 1968) with the Encyclopaedia Britannia (1884) defined the word Negro as referring to Africans who “occupied the lowest position of the evolutionary scale". Accordingly, it was legally and socially permissible for slave owners to subject slaves to any type of physical force (Myrdal 1962). After … Continue reading Rashid Rose: The over-representation of Blacks in the Mental Health System

Persisting in the face of structural racism and Islamophobia

America’s history is riddled with structural racism that has persisted until the present day. Although segregation is no longer legally enforced, it is embedded in the country’s fabric in ways that adversely affect black Americans in all aspects of life. Black Muslims in America live at the intersection of racism and islamophobia, and often experience … Continue reading Persisting in the face of structural racism and Islamophobia

Abu Kwanza: The downplay of anti-blackness within the Muslim community

Unconscious bias, a subject in psychological studies where people associate negative things with blackness and positive things with whiteness, is a concept that has been well documented. The nature of this perception is demonstrated by a controversial advertisement developed for Benetton. The ad entailed a black man and a white man handcuffed together. The fashion … Continue reading Abu Kwanza: The downplay of anti-blackness within the Muslim community