*This is a guest blog post from our friends at "Queer Brown Pride" blog
Just a few days ago, I was getting off work. As usual I waited at the bus stop, then got on. As I was walking down the bus aisle to my seat, an older Black gentleman came running down the aisle. From my first glance I looked at him and thought, “He looks schizophrenic.” Honestly, he looked like a crack head; and while I don’t know the stats on it, or whether it can be a cause of it, I started thinking of how crack and heroin can trigger mental illnesses.
So I sat down and let the image of this man ruminate for a bit. Then I started thinking about how in minority groups, usually groups that are lower in Class and Affluence, turn to drugs in order to cope/self-medicate cognitive dissonance.