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We Need to Do Better for the Mental Health of Black Celebrities Like Lizzo

As soon as I heard that Lizzo posted a video in response to hateful comments, I wasn’t surprised. But, I should have been. It doesn’t sit well with me that I’ve become accustomed to updates about the harm done against Black women, especially those with celebrity status. Meghan Markle. Simone Biles. Serena Williams. Michelle Obama. No matter what the prestige, people find a way to tear these women down with racist, bigoted statements. I’m concerned about the toll the harassment and berating takes on the mental health of these women. People my daughter will look up to one day.

Don’t get it twisted. I’m not numb or apathetic. Watching Lizzo express pain on her Instagram Live video made me both incensed and saddened at the same time. In one

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As soon as I heard that Lizzo posted a video in response to hateful comments, I wasn’t surprised. But, I should have been. It doesn’t sit well with me that I’ve become accustomed to updates about the harm done against Black women, especially those with celebrity status. Meghan Markle. Simone Biles. Serena Williams. Michelle Obama. No matter what the prestige, people find a way to tear these women down with racist, bigoted statements. I’m concerned about the toll the harassment and berating takes on the mental health of these women. People my daughter will look up to one day.
Young people are our future and their fresh thinking will change the world. They possess the optimism that their elders replaced with a cynical, can’t-do attitude. Unfortunately, their impact may not be as profound nor as immediate as they may hope for.

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