The more racism, the faster men age
by AshleyThomas on October 28, 2014 - 6:22pm
In the article “Racism may accelerate aging in African-American men” posted by University of Maryland, researchers found that African-American men who are affected by racial discrimination tend to have a shorter life expectancy. These men are more likely to get diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and telomeres. Within a short period of time, there is a repetitive sequence of DNA that influences the end of chromosomes which is defined by the term telomeres. With stress of discrimination and men experiencing anti-black, this can cause a rapid decrease in men’s telomeres. 92 African- American men between the ages 30 to 50 years of age were asked about their experiences with discrimination in different domains such as work, school, restaurants, etc. Researchers also found that the men who had a positive view about their racial group were able to cope with discrimination whereas, those who were negative about their racial group, could not cope with the discrimination causing them stress and even suicide. With this, the University of Maryland determined that African-American men who are exposed to anti-black attitudes and discrimination in the public place, work environment, school, etc. tend to live a shorter life whereas, those who were not exposed to such negativity, live a longer life.
I agree that minorities who are exposed to racial discrimination do live with stress and depression which later on in their life may cause them to become very ill. If we focus on teens that have to deal with racism, tend to drop out of school, they separate themselves from everyone which causes them to be depressed then later in life experience cognitive and psychological issues. I also agree that those who have a positive attitude towards the situation do not have to deal with these health issues. However, there are some limitations to this experiment. In the article, it discusses the diseases African-American can contract with the affects of racial discrimination but when it came to telomeres, the author’s ideas were very vague on the concept. Only focusing on African-American men limited the study. If they compared both “white” and “black” men, it would have made the study and results that African-American men grow older a lot stronger and relevant.
University of Maryland. (2014, January 7). Racism may accelerate aging in African-American men. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 28, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140107093321.htm