As much as it saddens me to say this, the time has come for us to let Kanye West go. A few days ago, Kanye visited Donald Trump in the oval office to talk about a number of things, including but not limited to prison reform, a revamp of Air Force One, and the power his MAGA hat gives him.
Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan was made for a number of reason. Making men feel like they “can play catch with their son,” is not one of them. Kanye has long since fallen off the wagon, and has even gone as far to say that slavery was a choice because enslaved people never made the mental decision to be free. Kanye has also admitted that he suffers from Bipolar Disorder. So instead of taking up more space talking about how far Kanye West has strayed, I will use the remainder of this post to talk about what really matters: the mental health of black people.
The black experience is rooted in trauma. From slavery to the unarmed killing of black people by police, we have borne witness to the attack on black people for centuries. It is no surprise that black people are amongst the top sufferers of depression and mental illness. A lot of us grew up poor. We saw things no person, let alone a child, should have to see. Those experiences take a toll, and if the toll is not physical then it sure is mental. It is not shameful, and you are not the only one. This post is coming 4 days after World Mental Health Day, which was observed on October 10th. The internet was full of people sharing their struggles with, and triumph over, depression and other mental health disorders.
So many people suffered in silence because they thought they had to. They thought no one would understand. I was surprised to see the overlap in people’s stories; how their battle started after the death of a family member, or a rough first semester in college.
It happens, and it happens more often than you think. Reach out to family, and if you feel like you can’t do that, then reach out to friends. If you feel like you can’t reach out to your friends, then call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. After making that call, get some new friends. No matter what it seems like, there are people in your life that care. Do not be afraid to ask for help or talk to a therapist. Black people have been on the losing end of mental health for so long, and it is time for us to win.
Maybe if Kanye had gotten the help he needed before it was too late, he wouldn’t be in the oval office with Donald Trump wearing a MAGA hat.