From Junior Seau To Don Cornelius: The Black Suicide Stigma
It was recently reported that ex-NFL player Junior Seau and Soul Train legend Don Cornelius’ deaths were the result of suicide. While the cause of Seau’s suicide are unknown at this time, media reports have suggested that Mr. Cornelius took his own life due to severe pain as a result of chronic health illnesses.
One of the most prevalent views within the African-American community is that we do not intentionally kill ourselves. That suicide is something only white people or spiritually-weak people do. That suicide is a cop-out, and that to even consider it is a “punk move”. However, these apparent suicides and clinical research clearly indicate that African-Americans do commit suicide.
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