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A Century of Stigma for Black America and Mental Health

A Century of Stigma for Black America and Mental Health

June 1, 1840. U.S. Marshals are going door to door conducting the sixth-ever census in the United States. This year something is different – this is the very first time the U.S. government is asking a question about mental health. But the results are tragic, and long-lasting. Twenty-one years before the Civil War, with over two million slaves in America, this question will uphold a racist and pernicious lie that is already spreading throughout America: that freedom causes black people to go insane. Special thanks to our guest Dr. King Davis, Research Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Former Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health, Virginia.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration: 24 min

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